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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Advancing Sweden’s Accession To NATO

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the addition of Sweden to NATO and the continued unity of the alliance. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here.  

Any fear that NATO is faltering – or that it has given up completely – was put to rest yesterday after the announcement that Mr. Erdogan dropped his objections to Sweden’s bid to join NATO. And this morning, Hungary’s Foreign Minister said that they too will support Sweden’s bid.

This is terrific news for the Alliance. Sweden’s inclusion in NATO will strengthen the alliance and expands our united front against Putin’s illegal and immoral aggression in Ukraine.

Putin thought he could divide us, he believed he could bully us into disunity, but his hopes have backfired, and today, the Alliance remains united and stronger than ever.

I commend President Biden and his administration for supporting Sweden’s accession to NATO, and I look forward to welcoming Sweden to the alliance as soon as possible.