US Could Ratify Finland’s NATO Membership Before August, Says Senate Republican Leader

The U.S. Congress will work on ratifying Finland’s application to join the Western military alliance NATO before August, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said during an official visit to Finland.

“Certainly we hope to achieve it before the August recess when Congress typically goes out of session,” McConnell told reporters in Helsinki after meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

McConnell said that there was strong bipartisan support among Congress for Finland’s membership, adding that the size of the vote will be “significant” if not unanimous.

McConnell also noted that Finland and fellow Nordic Sweden will be important additions to NATO amid Russia’s aggression in Ukraine since they are direct neighbors of the warring countries.

Niinsto confirmed on Friday that Finland would apply for a NATO membership. Sweden has also announced that it will join.

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