US ‘confident’ NATO expansion issues will be resolved | Russia-Ukraine war News

Turkey has opposed NATO membership bids by Sweden and Finland, but US says concerns can be addressed. US President Joe Biden has said the bids by Sweden and Finland to join NATO would be successful, despite objections raised by Turkey to their applications. “I think we’re going to be OK,” Biden said on Wednesday in … Read more

nato: Finland, Sweden submit NATO membership application

BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Finland, Sweden have officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,” Stoltenberg told reporters after a receiving their … Read more

How long will it take for Finland and Sweden to join NATO? | NATO News

As the Ukraine war rages, Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday, heralding an end to decades of neutrality. Finland’s parliament had already voted overwhelmingly in favor on the matter. In Sweden, a majority of legislators back the application, including those from the ruling Social Democratic Party who had opposed for decades … Read more

Turkey confirms opposition to NATO membership for Sweden, Finland | NATO News

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says delegations from the two countries bidding for NATO ‘shouldn’t bother’ coming to Ankara for discussions. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed Turkey’s opposition to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, shooting down a proposal by the Nordic countries to send delegations to Ankara to address the matter. “We won’t say … Read more

turkey: Turkey accuses Sweden, Finland of not extraditing ‘terrorists’

ANKARA: Nato member Turkey accused Sweden and Finland of failing to extradite dozens of suspected “terrorists”, state media reported Monday, after the Nordic countries said they would seek membership of the military alliance. The two countries have officially announced their intention to apply after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but Ankara has threatened to block expansion. … Read more

‘Military tension will rise’: Russia chides NATO Nordic expansion | Russia-Ukraine war News

Decisions by Finland and Sweden to join the Western military alliance threaten to increase the chance of armed confrontation, Russian official says. While Russia does not see Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO as a threat, deployment of military infrastructure there may trigger a response from Moscow, President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday. The … Read more

nato: Sweden, Finland NATO bids are ‘grave mistake’: Russia

MOSCOW: Russia warned Monday that decisions by Finland and Sweden to join the NATO military alliance were serious mistakes and Moscow would take measures. “This is another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters. “The general level of military tensions will increase,” he was quoted as saying by Russian news … Read more

Turkey sets demands, not opposed to Finland, Sweden NATO bid | NATO News

NATO expects the Nordic countries’ membership bid will not be hindered by Ankara, whose concerns will be addressed. NATO and the United States say they are confident Turkey will not impede the membership of Finland and Sweden in the Western military alliance, despite Ankara expressing reservations. Turkey laid out demands on Sunday on the sidelines … Read more

Finland announces ‘historic’ NATO bid, Sweden expected to follow | News

Sweden is also expected to follow Finland’s application to join the NATO military alliance. The Finnish government has officially announced its intention to join NATO, as Sweden’s ruling party held a decisive meeting that could pave the way for a joint application to the military alliance. Less than three months after Russia invaded Ukraine on … Read more

Putin tells Finnish president: Joining NATO would be ‘mistake’ | Energy News

The warning from Kremlin comes as Moscow cuts off its electricity supply to Finland following Helsinki’s plan to join NATO. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has told his Finnish counterpart that joining NATO would be “a mistake”, as Moscow cut off its electricity supply to the Nordic country earlier – in what is seen as retaliation … Read more