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The head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry thanked the United States for the approval of joining NATO

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Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde on Wednesday, August 3, thanked the United States for approving the resolution on the ratification of the protocols on the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO.

“Grateful for the quick ratification of the resolution on Sweden’s accession to NATO in the US Senate. Thank you for your strong support for Sweden’s entry into the alliance,” she tweeted.

Earlier that day, the US Senate approved a resolution to ratify the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to NATO.

On the eve of the association of US veterans Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) appealed to the Senate with a call to block the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. According to CVA senior adviser Dan Caldwell, Washington should pay more attention to domestic needs and security.

On the same day, the French National Assembly approved the protocol on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. 209 deputies supported the expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance at the expense of the Scandinavian states, and only 46 were against it.

Prior to that, on July 19, the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approved documents on the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO. It is noted that the US Senate should consider these documents in full. According to American law, the ratification procedure is carried out by the President, and the Senate of the Congress gives its consent to this.

A day earlier, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the process of Finland and Sweden joining NATO continues. He explained that in the parliaments of the NATO countries, including the US Congress, the process of approving the decision on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance continues.

On the same day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara could slow down the process of Finland and Sweden joining NATO if the countries do not comply with Turkey’s demands.

On July 5, the Foreign Ministers of Finland and Sweden, Pekka Haavisto and Ann Linde, as well as the ambassadors of 30 member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, signed protocols on the accession of these two states to NATO. The day before, they completed negotiations to join the military bloc in just one round.

The process of ratification of Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO was launched in Germany on July 1. It was initiated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Germany. According to the representative of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country, Steffen Hebeshtreit, in the face of Finland and Sweden, the German authorities plan to get “two valuable partners.”

The head of the Finnish Foreign Ministry pointed out that a new iron curtain had arisen between Moscow and Helsinki.

On June 29, the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance officially invited Finland and Sweden to join NATO and agreed to sign accession protocols. In the declaration of the summit of the organization, the accession of Finland and Sweden was indicated as a way to make them more secure, and the alliance itself stronger.

Applications for joining the North Atlantic Alliance by Finland and Sweden were submitted on 18 May. The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted critically to this desire, noting that the security of these countries would not be ensured in this way.

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