Washington, D.C.– Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Sweden’s accession to NATO. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
We’ve just heard that Sweden will be allowed to join NATO, that Mr. Erdoğan has released his hold and that Sweden will be joining NATO.
The fact that Sweden is joining NATO is great news for the West. It strengthens the western alliance significantly and it shows Mr. Putin that the West is strong, united, and growing stronger against his aggression in Ukraine. Any thought that the West is giving up, any thought that the West is divided, is shown to be false by today's development of Sweden joining NATO and of Turkey relenting.
So, this is good news for freedom. This is good news against the forces of autocracy and it's very good news for a strong western alliance. I want to salute President Biden who has worked so much in the foreign policy sphere, as well as the domestic, but speaking about the foreign policy sphere. He has done so much to advance United States interests. He has a real grasp of it, a real handle on it, and is very effective and this is a victory for America, for the West, for freedom, and for President Biden.