U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the U.S. Helsinki Committee, this week led a group of lawmakers to meet with senior European government officials and discuss options for increase security and cooperation.
While in Europe, Wicker met with the Finnish President and Swedish Foreign Minister, Defense Minister, Speaker of Parliament, and other leaders to discuss their applications for NATO membership.
“This is a pivotal moment for the future of Europe and how the world responds to Vladimir Putin’s vicious and illegal war in Ukraine,” Wicker said. “Finland and Sweden are taking a historic step to join NATO, which will benefit the alliance and security in Europe. It was an honor to discuss the strong support of the United States for their candidacies directly with their senior leaders. »
Wicker also recently meet with the Swedish and Finnish Ambassadors to the United States to discuss their membership applications, and wrote an op-ed in National Review, arguing that both countries’ NATO membership would be in the American national interest.
Prior to his meetings in Finland and Sweden, Wicker led an international summit on Black Sea security with other European partners in Constanta, Romania. The leaders discussed improving the region’s defense against Russian influence and military operations. Participants included senior officials from Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, the United States European Command and NATO.
The Black Sea occupies a vital strategic position in Eastern Europe, and our summit was a powerful example of American leadership on important transatlantic security issues,” Wicker said. “The United States and its allies must pull together to ensure that this brazen invasion ends successfully, not just for the people of Ukraine, but for all free people around the world.”
Wicker further fulfilled his responsibilities as co-chair of the US Helsinki Commission by leading several sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Learn more about Wicker’s recent work on foreign affairs and national defense here.