WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) joined three of his colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution expressing strong support for Finland and Sweden joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The resolution, also led by Reps. Bill Keating (D-MA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Ann Wagner (R-MO) recognizes that Finland and Sweden would add an immediate boost to NATO’s already strong capabilities and deterrence against Russia. Their advanced militaries would quickly provide another welcome layer of security to allied forces defending the Baltic and Arctic regions.
“For more than 70 years the NATO alliance has protected democracy and freedom across the globe. Today, as Russia continues its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden join the global community in condemning Russia and supporting the Ukrainian people in defending their homeland. I welcome their decisions to apply for full NATO membership,” said Swalwell. “Finland and Sweden bring indispensable military capabilities and intelligence expertise to the alliance and I urge all member states to swiftly approve their applications.”
Finland and Sweden, historically neutral countries, have rapidly shifted their defense policy in recent months as Russia continues to wage a cruel war against Ukraine. The resolution urges the Biden Administration, Secretary Blinken, and our NATO representatives to expedite the applications of both countries. Finland and Sweden formally applied to NATO yesterday.
A copy of the Resolution can be found here.
Representative Swalwell is a strong supporter of Ukraine and a member of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus
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