Statement by Ambassador Mikko Hautala on the U.S. Senate decision to ratify Finland’s NATO accession

I am extremely pleased and grateful to see the United States Senate ratify Finland’s NATO accession with such broad support and speed. This major step solidifies the special bond between the U.S. and Finland. In Finland, the U.S. will gain a reliable ally used to carrying more than its weight.

The Senate’s historic decision demonstrates a firm U.S. commitment to collective transatlantic security in the face of rising international threats. Finland deeply values this commitment and will do its part to make NATO even stronger. We already invest over 2% of our GDP in defense and will bring in considerable defense capabilities.

Finland also contributes expertise in new technologies, including trusted connectivity, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. As an established republic, we will always stand up for the principles of democracy. We are stronger together.