The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill calling on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to quickly admit Finland and Sweden, in a move designed to further increase tensions with Russia.
The Senate panel on Thursday easily passed the resolution supporting the two Nordic states’ entrance into the US-led military alliance and urged other NATO members to do the same.
“The committee’s passage of this resolution is a testament to the bipartisan support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO, and the urgency of strengthening the alliance amidst Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion of Ukraine,” panel ranking member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said in a statement after the vote.
“I’ve long said that Sweden’s and Finland’s strong political and military traditions make them a perfect fit for the alliance. I hope the Senate will follow the committee’s lead and move quickly to pass this resolution,” he added.
NATO has sought to strengthen its alliance against Russia since Moscow launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24.