Amid Russia’s threats to Western nations in its war with Ukraine, a bipartisan delegation of senators will journey to Spain for the NATO summit in June, according to a Thursday statement.
The team, led by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), will stand for the U.S. Senate in conferences with NATO allies and nations looking to be part of the alliance “to underscore U.S. guidance for NATO,” the lawmakers’ offices said in a statement.
The excursion will come as Finland has expressed a commitment to apply to join the alliance, with Sweden probable to abide by, moves that Russia views as hostile and a danger to Moscow’s safety.
“At a time when democratic countries are threatened by authoritarian regimes, the Senate NATO Observer Group sends a strong bipartisan concept of U.S. aid for a robust and long lasting transatlantic alliance,” The greater part Chief Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) claimed in a assertion.
“The United States Senate continues to be steadfast in our support for the individuals of Ukraine and the allied international response energy to keep [Russian President Vladimir Putin] accountable for his unprovoked, violent invasion of Ukraine.”
Shaheen and Tillis, who provide as the co-chairs of the Senate North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) Observer Group, will vacation to Madrid from June 28 to 30.
The team, which was reestablished in 2018 by the two lawmakers, consists of seven Democrats and seven Republicans and is intended to “monitor and inform Senators about the defense paying commitments of NATO members and deliver updates on the approach of upgrading armed service abilities, NATO’s counter-terrorism capacity, and NATO enlargement,” in accordance to the statement.