The leader of the Republican minority in the Senate of Congress, Mitch McConnell, noted that “the States should be first in line to ratify the treaty” so that Finland and Sweden could join NATO, as these countries “will contribute to the military and strategic power” of the alliance.
The U.S. will be able to ratify Sweden’s NATO membership application by August. This was announced during a visit to Stockholm by the leader of the Republican minority in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell.
“In anticipation of Sweden’s application to NATO, the obvious question is how long [its consideration] will take. In the U.S., we will do it faster than with previous applications, and we hope that we will be able to approve it before August. Other NATO countries may be able to do this faster. We are confident that it will be approved both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives,” he said in an interview with SVT.
According to the American politician, “The United States should be first in line to ratify the treaty” so that Finland and Sweden could join NATO, since these northern countries “will contribute to the military and strategic power” of the alliance.
Senators Susan Collins, John Barrasso, and John Cornyn also visited Sweden. They met with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist. As Andersson explained on Twitter, the parties discussed the situation in Ukraine, transatlantic cooperation and the choice of Sweden’s security policy.