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Sweden states ‘we want to come to be a member’ of NATO, though Mitch McConnell vows swift approval


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Sweden’s key minister introduced Monday that “we will inform NATO that we want to come to be a member of the alliance” as Russia’s war with Ukraine is nearing the 3-month mark. 

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is vowing that acceptance of Sweden’s software will be speedy-tracked by Congress. 

“We will tell NATO that we want to grow to be a member of the alliance,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson mentioned Monday in a speech to lawmakers. “Sweden wants official safety assures that arrive with membership in NATO.” 

Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, right, and the Moderate Party's leader Ulf Kristersson give a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday, May 16.

Sweden’s Key Minister Magdalena Andersson, proper, and the Reasonable Party’s leader Ulf Kristersson give a news convention in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday, May 16.

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Andersson identified as it “a historic alter” in Sweden’s security policy. 

McConnell, speaking in Stockholm on Monday, said though other nations around the world in the Western alliance may be equipped to approve Sweden’s software quicker, he experienced no doubt it will be authorized in the U.S. Congress, likely by August. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose for a photo in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, May 14.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose for a image in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, May possibly 14.
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“We foresee transferring this rapid – in a a lot more quick style than earlier programs for NATO,” McConnell claimed. 

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“We hope to approve it ahead of August,” he mentioned. “We are assured it will be accredited.” 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, participates in a media conference with Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, left, and Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde, right, at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Jan. 24.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, middle, participates in a media conference with Finland’s International Minister Pekka Haavisto, left, and Sweden’s Overseas Minister Ann Linde, ideal, at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Jan. 24.
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The minority chief was viewing the area with a delegation of Republican senators in a show of assist as the region confronts Russian aggression with its invasion of Ukraine. 

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