The US Senate approved the resolution on ratification

The US Senate approved the resolution on ratification

The US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a resolution ratifying Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to NATO. What is the next process that will take place in the US Senate?

In this way, Sweden and Finland are one step closer to effective NATO membership.

Decision in the US Senate on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

On Tuesday, July 19, the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approved, almost unanimously, a resolution ratifying the two countries’ accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.

Following this committee vote, the US Senate is expected to give final approval in the coming weeks.

In his opinion, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was of the opinion that the accession of the two Nordic countries to NATO will be “without a doubt one of the most important diplomatic successes in recent years”, notes AFP.

Thus, “The future of the transatlantic partnership will be even more closely intertwined and strengthened due to Putin’s recklessness,” the Democratic senator said in a press release.

A message also came from John Kirby, who coordinates the communication on strategic issues of the President of the United States, Joe Biden.

In fact, Kirby said that the Finnish and Swedish armed forces have “incredibly modern means”.

Thus, “We urge Congress to act as soon as possible,” the US official added.

President Erdogan threatens that Turkey could continue to block the accession process

In the context of accession, all 30 NATO countries must ratify the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Alliance. The danger could continue to come from Turkey.

On June 18, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that his country could “freeze” the accession process, despite an agreement in principle at the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June.

In the past, Sweden and Finland did not want to become part of the North Atlantic Alliance so as not to attract the wrath of neighboring Russia. However, everything changed after the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, and the two countries presented their candidacy to NATO.

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, founded in 1949 at the beginning of the Cold War, triggers a common response in the event of an attack on one of its members.

In this sense, also in Romania, on Wednesday morning, starting with 09:30, the Chamber of Deputies meets in plenary, in extraordinary session, for the ratification of the Protocols of accession of the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty.

There will be a debate and a final vote on the draft law on the ratification of the Protocol of Accession of the two Nordic countries to NATO.