Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO

Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday, prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and triggering one of the most significant changes in Europe’s security architecture in decades. The applications came after more than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of resistance, bringing an… Read More Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO

Sweden set to apply for NATO membership

Sweden’s government has formally decided to apply for NATO membership, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, setting it on the road toward ending military non-alignment that lasted throughout the Cold War. Sweden’s governing Social Democrats dropped their 73-year opposition to joining NATO on Sunday and are hoping for a quick accession, following Russia’s February… Read More Sweden set to apply for NATO membership

Turkey to hold talks with Sweden and Finland over NATO membership bid

Foreign ministers from Finland, Sweden and Turkey will hold clear the air talks in Berlin on Saturday to resolve disagreements over Finnish and Swedish plans to join NATO, as the alliance meets against the backdrop of the Ukraine war. The Nordic states are gearing up to apply for membership of the 30-strong transatlantic alliance in… Read More Turkey to hold talks with Sweden and Finland over NATO membership bid

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says nation not in support of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bid

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact given that the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”. Though Turkey has officially supported NATO enlargement since it joined the U.S.-led alliance 70 years ago, its opposition could pose… Read More Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says nation not in support of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bid

Russia vows response to Finland NATO membership application

Finland said on Thursday it would apply to join NATO “without delay”, with Sweden expected to follow, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine looked set to bring about the very expansion of the Western military alliance that Vladimir Putin aimed to prevent. The decision by the two Nordic countries to abandon the neutrality they maintained throughout… Read More Russia vows response to Finland NATO membership application

Russian President Vladimir Putin recognises breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent entities on Monday, drawing U.S. and European vows of new sanctions and upping the ante in a crisis the West fears could unleash a major war. In a lengthy televised address, Putin, looking visibly angry, described Ukraine as an integral part of… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin recognises breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine

NATO designates China as presenting systemic challenges in alliance communique

NATO leaders designated China as presenting “systemic challenges” in a summit communique on Monday, taking a forceful stance towards Beijing at Joe Biden’s first summit with an alliance that Donald Trump openly disparaged and ridiculed. The new U.S. president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s authoritarianism and growing military might,… Read More NATO designates China as presenting systemic challenges in alliance communique

NATO restricts Belarusian access to alliance headquarters

Personnel at Belarus’ diplomatic mission to NATO will have their access restricted at the alliance’s headquarters, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, following the forced landing of a passenger plane by Minsk. Belarus is not a member of NATO but has had ties with the military alliance since 1992 following the fall of the Soviet… Read More NATO restricts Belarusian access to alliance headquarters