US Senate passed late in Wednesday a resolution approving Finland and Sweden s request to join NATO in response to Russia s invasion of Ukraine. YouTube
With the agreement of all 30 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization needed before hitherto non-aligned Finland and Sweden can join, the United States becomes the 23rd to give the nod.
Of the seven member countries which have yet to formally agree, only Turkey has raised a challenge, demanding certain concessions from both countries to back their memberships.
These include the extradition of dozens of government opponents it labels "terrorists" from both countries in exchange for its support.
Ankara has said a special committee will meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with its conditions.