Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Reaction to NATO Expansion Sweden Finland Is One Big Farce

As Finland and Sweden’s political leadership posture to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) —Russian President Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare — Putin is suddenly projecting calm, stating just this week that he has “no problems” with Finland and Sweden joining the collective defense organization. “As for the expansion, including the accession of two prospective … Read more

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Turkey caught NATO allies by surprise Finland, Sweden hoped for quick accession Turkey’s Cavusoglu meets US counterpart Blinken ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – When Finland and Sweden signaled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but … Read more

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

Ukraine hopes to swap steel mill fighters for Russian POWs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian fighters extracted from the last bastion of resistance in Mariupol were taken to a former penal colony in enemy-controlled territory, and a top military official hoped they could be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war. But a Moscow lawmaker said they should be brought to “justice.” The Russian parliament planned … Read more

With echoes of Trump, GOP splinters over $ 40B for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) – Signs of Republican resistance are mounting over a $ 40 billion aid package to Ukrainea reemergence of the Trump-led isolationist wing of the GOP that’s coming at a crucial moment as the war against the Russian invasion deepens. The Senate voted late Monday to advance the Ukraine aid bill 81-11, pushing it … 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

Mariupol siege appears over as Ukrainian defenders emerge from ruins

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Finland, Sweden set to file NATO applications MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of desperate resistance, bringing an end to … 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

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