US Senate votes overwhelmingly in favour of Sweden and Finland joining NATO

The US Capitol is seen at dusk in Washington, DC on October 1, 2021. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/via Getty Images)
  • 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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Iceland: Arctic security discussed at Reykjavik Northern Group meeting, Eye on the Arctic

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Russia: Strengthen border to Nordic countries, says secretary of Russia’s Security Council, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Turkey green lights Sweden and Finland’s NATO application, Radio Sweden

United States: U.S. Army poised to revamp Alaska forces to prep for Arctic fight, The Associated Press

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