Sweden says 'we want to become a member' of NATO, while Mitch McConnell vows swift approval

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is vowing that approval of Sweden’s application will be fast-tracked by Congress. 

“We will inform NATO that we want to become a member of the alliance,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Monday in a speech to lawmakers. “Sweden needs formal security guarantees that come 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 Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, right, and the Moderate Party’s leader Ulf Kristersson give a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday, May 16.

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