Will Turkey upend NATO expansion? US officials seek clarity

WASHINGTON (AP) – With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, US officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader is and what it might take to get him … Read more

Sweden, Finland push ahead with NATO bids as Turkey objects

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it will not let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strongly worded objections caught the two applicants and other NATO … Read more

Why is Turkey war of Nordic states’ NATO bid?

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Sweden and Finland’s historic decisions to seek NATO membership, declaring that he cannot allow them to join due to their alleged support of Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara says threaten its national security. NATO Secretary General … Read more

Will Turkey block NATO membership for Sweden and Finland?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks ahead of the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine at Dolmabahce Presidential Office in Istanbul, Turkey on March 29, 2022. Arda Kucukkaya | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO alliance, … Read more

Turkey objects as Sweden, Finland seek NATO membership

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Turkey’s president on Monday complicated Sweden and Finland’s historic bid to join NATO, saying he cannot allow them to become members of the alliance because of their perceived inaction against exiled Kurdish militants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on comments last week indicating that the two Nordic countries’ path to NATO … Read more

In Ukraine and internationally, scenario darkens for Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Europe pushed Monday to sharpen and expand its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Sweden poised to follow Finland in seeking membership of NATO and European Union officials working to rescue proposed sanctions that would target Russian oil exports helping the Kremlin finance its war. On the ground, Russia saw … Read more

Small wins buoy Ukraine; West says Russians losing momentum

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faces a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO, and an opponent buoyed Sunday by wins on and off the battlefield. Top diplomats from NATO met in Berlin with the alliance’s chief, who declared that the war … Read more

EXPLAINER: ‘Neutral’ Europe recedes as NATO sets to expand

BERLIN (AP) – With Finland and Sweden taking steps to join NATO amid Russia’s war in Ukrainethe list of “neutral” or nonaligned countries in Europe appears poised to shrink. Like the two Nordic countries, other nations joined the European Union for its promise economic and political unity without taking sides in the East-West divide that … Read more

Finland to seek NATO entry into ‘new era’ amid Russia’s war

BERLIN (AP) – Finland’s government declared a “new era” is underway after announcing Sunday its intention to join NATO, while Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering. President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement that Finland would seek NATO … Read more

Russia faces stall in Ukraine; Finland favors joining NATO

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faced a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO and a defending country invigorated by its win in a hugely popular pan-European music competition Sunday. Top NATO diplomats, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, gathered Sunday … Read more