In 1949, Sweden decided not to join NATO and established a nonalignment in peace and neutrality in war security strategy.
Finland has historically maintained the same neutral attitude as Austria, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, and Switzerland, as well as other EU states.
Nonetheless, the viewpoints of both Finland and Sweden have shifted in recent years, probably as a result of developments in the east, including challenges from China and Russia.
Finland and Sweden have been progressively progressing toward NATO membership for some years.
The U.S. Senate approved Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO by a vote of 95-1, which unified Republicans and Democrats.
Since the 1990s, this is the most substantial growth of the thirty-member alliance.
President Joe Biden applauded the action of the Senate.
“This historic vote sends an important signal of the sustained, bipartisan U.S. commitment to NATO, and to ensuring our Alliance is prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. I thank the members of the Senate – especially Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Senator Menendez and Senator Risch — for their leadership and for quickly advancing the ratification process, the fastest Senate process for a NATO protocol since 1981.
Finland and Sweden joining the Alliance will further strengthen NATO’s collective security and deepen the transatlantic partnership,” the president stated.
“As I informed Prime Minister Andersson and President Niinisto during their May visit to the White House, the United States is committed to the security of Sweden and Finland.
“We will continue to be alert against any risks to our common security and to discourage and oppose violence or the prospect of attack,” he stated.
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“I look forward to signing the accession protocols and welcoming Sweden and Finland, two strong democracies with highly capable militaries, into the greatest defensive alliance in history,” he said.
Only one senator objected to the alliance, but that senator has explained his reasoning not only in speech but in writing, pointing out that the previously neutral countries have a long way to go in expanding their militaries to do their part, and not just be a drain, as members of the group. CONTINUE READING…