US Senate votes overwhelmingly in favour of Sweden and Finland joining NATO
- Just after midnight Swedish time, the US Senate voted in favour of ratifying Finland and Sweden’s application to join the transatlantic alliance NATO.
- 95 of the 97 senators present in the chamber voted yes, with one abstention and just one no vote from Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri.
- Dag Blanck, a professor of North American Studies at Uppsala University, says Hawley’s argument was that the US should focus more on China, rather than Russia.
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