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    AA / Brussels Finland and Sweden have officially applied for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The ambassadors of the two countries to NATO delivered letters from Helsinki and Stockholm to Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Speaking to reporters, Stoltenberg noted that all countries have the right to determine their own direction and welcomed such demands. He stressed that the membership of Sweden and Finland would strengthen NATO’s security. “The steps you have taken today are historically significant,” Stoltenberg said. Allied governments will now review these demands. The security concerns of each partner must be taken into account. The decision must be made quickly. “ Stoltenberg concluded that all allies agree on the need for NATO expansion. * Translated from Turkish by Noor Asena Erderk Only part of the transmission and transmission that Anatolia Agency transmits to its subscribers via the Internal Broadcasting System (HAS) is abbreviated on the AA website. Contact us to subscribe. See also  The first pages of the newspaper are terrible Donald Trump tricks
    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO chief says Finland, Sweden have applied for membership amid concerns over Russia’s war on Ukraine. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks ahead of the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine at Dolmabahce Presidential Office in Istanbul, Turkiye 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, a move that would be historic for the two Nordic countries in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "We will not say 'yes' to those [countries] who apply sanctions to Turkey to join security organization NATO," Erdogan said at a press conference late Monday. He was referring to Sweden's suspension of weapons sales to Turkey in 2019 over its military activities in Syria. Sweden's foreign ministry said Monday that it planned to send senior officials from both Sweden and Finland to Turkish capital Ankara to address Erdogan's objections. But the Turkish leader essentially said they'd be wasting their time. "Will they come to persuade us? Excuse us, but they shouldn't bother," Erdogan said. He added that the two countries joining would make NATO "a place...
    Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson said on Monday that Sweden would formally apply for NATO membership. ” The government has decided to inform NATO Sweden wants to be a member of the coalitionMs Anderson told reporters a day after neighboring Finland made a similar announcement. ” We leave one era and start anotherHe said the Swedish ambassador to NATO would announce the 30-nation alliance “soon”. Read more: Erdogan does not support Finland and Sweden joining NATO Both Sweden and Finland have expressed interest in working together as NATO members and submitting their applications jointly. ” We think it should not be more than a year Anderson said 30 members of the coalition must unanimously approve Sweden’s membership application. The announcement was expected in a dramatic U-turn after his ruling Social Democrats backed members on Sunday and opposed the idea since the birth of the Western military alliance. A majority in the Swedish parliament is in favor of membership. With MAP See also  Ïîñèëþº êàðàíòèí â äåÿêèõ
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Finland and Sweden have signaled their intention to join NATO over Russia’s war in Ukraine and things will move fast once they formally apply for membership in the world’s biggest security alliance. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already made clear that there would be consequences if the two Nordic countries join. So it’s important for NATO to bring them swiftly into the fold where they can benefit from the security guarantees that membership provides. They’re off to a quick start. Finland and Sweden are NATO’s closest partners. They have functioning democracies, well-funded armed forces and contribute to the alliance’s military operations and air policing. Any obstacles they face will merely be of a technical, or possibly political nature. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR FINLAND AND SWEDEN TO JOIN NATO? NATO officials say the membership procedure could be completed “in a couple of weeks.” But the most time consuming part — ratification of their accession protocols by the alliance’s 30 member countries, sometimes involving parliaments — could take months. How many is anyone’s guess, although that...
    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a conversation with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen via videolink, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 9, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service | Reuters Here are the five crucial tests Ukraine and its global partners and allies must tackle as Russian President Vladimir Putin's criminal war approaches its most decisive phase. Some are short-term, and others have generational consequences. What unites them is that all five are necessary to transform Putin's murderous authoritarian threat into a historic opportunity for the civilized world to shape a better future. Can Ukraine's friends, particularly those in Europe and North America, not only maintain but also strengthen their unity and solidarity in the face of Putin's growing brutality? With global energy prices and inflation rising, can Ukraine's friends avoid the inevitable fatigue among democracies and remain focused on what seems a far-away threat? Will Ukraine's arms suppliers continue to provide Kyiv with greater military capabilities, despite Moscow's threats of escalation, including the possible use of battlefield nukes. With this enhanced weaponry, can Ukrainian...
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed disapproval at the idea of Sweden and Finland joining the NATO military alliance, claiming they harbour terrorists and terrorist organisations. President Erdogan hinted at a possible veto of the two Scandinavian countries, as all NATO members must agree unanimously to accept new members into the military alliance. “We are following developments concerning Sweden and Finland carefully, but we are not of a favourable opinion,” the Turkish leader said to the media on Friday, Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reports. “[T]he Scandinavian countries, unfortunately, are almost like guesthouses for terrorist organizations. PKK, DHKP-C are nested in the Netherlands and Sweden. I go further, they also take part in the parliaments there. It is not possible for us to have a positive look,” Erdogan said. Erdogan claimed that Sweden, along with other Scandinavian countries, had supported groups such as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is a designated terrorist organisation in the United Kingdom and the United States. It was suspected of having a role in the 1986 death of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, although in 2020...
    Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.Frank Augstein | Reuters Finland will apply for membership of NATO, the country's president said Sunday, in a historic move for the Nordic country, which has had a decades-long policy of military neutrality. In a press conference, President Sauli Niinisto said membership of NATO will "maximize" Finland's security after Russia's unprecedented invasion of Ukraine in February. It comes after Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin last week said the country should apply to join NATO "without delay." Finland shares an 830-mile border with Russia; if it joins the military alliance, the land border that Russia shares with NATO territories would roughly double. This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly. TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s government says it has decided to apply for NATO membership. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Finland's president and prime minister have said the country must submit an application to join NATO in the face of Russian aggression. The major policy shift was announced today in a joint statement by President Sauli Niinisto, who has often served as a mediator between Russia and the West, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin. A special committee will announce Finland's decision on a membership bid on Sunday although it could take until October before the country is formally admitted to the pact.  When asked what he would say to Russia who had made dire threats of 'destruction' and 'the most undesirable consequences' in Finland sought membership, Niinisto replied: 'You caused this. Look in the mirror.'  The dramatic move comes a day after Boris Johnson signed security pacts with Helsinki and Sweden pledging Britain would come to their aid if they come under Russian attack. They said: 'Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties.  'NATO membership would strengthen Finland's security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen...
    A French soldier takes part in a major drill as part of NATO's EFP (Enhance forward presence) operation at the Tapa Estonian army camp near Rakvere, on February 6, 2022.Alain Jocard | Afp | Getty Images Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Thursday that the country should apply to join NATO "without delay." Thursday's announcement is the strongest sign yet that Finland will make a formal application to join NATO. Membership would be historic for the Nordic country, which has had a decades-long policy of military neutrality. "Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay." the leaders said in a joint statement, adding that they hoped that "the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days." "NATO membership would strengthen Finland's security" and that Finland's membership would in turn "strengthen the entire defence alliance." The government will debate the issue over the weekend and the Finnish parliament is expected to give its final approval to the application as early as Monday. President Navasto said Russia's invasion of...
    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s president and prime minister said Thursday they’re in favor of applying for NATO membership, paving the way for the alliance to expand amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. The announcement by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin means Finland is virtually certain to seek NATO membership though a few steps remain before the application process can begin. Neighboring Sweden is expected to decide on joining NATO in coming days. “Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties,” Niinisto and Marin said in a joint statement. “NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security.” “As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” they said. “Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.” ___ Follow the AP’s coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    (CNN)Finland's president and prime minister announced their support for joining NATO on Thursday, moving the Nordic nation which shares an 800-mile border with Russia one step closer to membership of the US-led military alliance. The statement of support for NATO from President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin had been expected, after the Finnish government recently submitted a report on national security to the country's parliament which outlined the path to joining the alliance as one of Finland's options. In the joint statement, Niinisto and Marin said: "NATO membership would strengthen Finland's security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days."Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, public support for joining NATO has leaped from around 30% to nearly 80%. Once parliament has approved the idea in principle and any other domestic legislative hurdles have been cleared, it is expected that NATO would invite Finland...
    HELSINIKI (AP) — Finland’s leadership supports joining NATO, paving way for membership application amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    VIDEO1:4201:42Finland foreign minister gives timeline on NATO membership applicationSquawk Box Europe HELSINKI, Finland — After completing a few more steps, Finland will be ready to send its application to join the NATO military alliance, the country's foreign affairs minister told CNBC Tuesday. The Nordic nation has been considering joining the alliance in the wake of Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin has previously said the invasion "changed the security policy situation in such a way that there is no going back to the way things were." Joining NATO would mark a sharp U-turn in Finland's decades-long policy of neutrality but could lead to a backlash from Russia, where President Vladimir Putin has been vocal about his opposition to NATO enlargement. "When all our political parties are ready — and the latest, the Social Democrats on Saturday — then we are ready to move as [a] government forward and then this discussion, of course, on the NATO membership, will come to the Parliament, starting probably next Monday. But then we are, after that, ready to send an...
    Finland and Sweden could join NATO swiftly and would be 'welcomed with open arms', its leader said today. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told journalists this morning he expects the two historically neutral countries' entries will happen 'quickly'. The nations have expressed a new desire to join NATO since Russia invaded Ukraine. It follows news yesterday that Finland and Sweden will both apply just next month. Mr Stoltenberg said in Brussels: 'If they decide to apply, Finland and Sweden will be warmly welcomed and I expect the process to go quickly.' He also described the countries as 'our closest partners', adding: 'They are strong and mature democracies. NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg said the countries 'will be warmly welcomed' and enter 'quickly' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Ukraine war could last TEN years: Liz Truss predicts a 'long... Russia's state TV tells viewers 'we're all going to die... Share this article Share 'Their armed forces meet NATO standards and are interoperable with NATO forces. 'We train together, we exercise together, and we have also...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin left open the possibility that Ukraine could reapply for NATO membership in the future. The Biden Cabinet official made the remark while addressing reporters at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Tuesday after he completed a meeting with more than 40 international counterparts who met to discuss the long-term issues surrounding Russia's invasion of Ukraine. US LOOKING FOR UKRAINE TO CREATE 'WEAKENED' RUSSIA TO DETER FUTURE INVASIONS "I think that NATO will always stand by its principles of maintaining an open door, so I don't want to speculate on what could come," he said. "I do believe that in the future, if the possibility exists, I think Ukraine will seek to, once again, apply to become a member of NATO. But again, that's probably a bit down the road, and speculation at this point is not very helpful." The defense secretary also explained that this group, which featured other defense leaders from NATO and non-NATO countries, will start meeting monthly. "I'm proud to announce that today's gathering will become a monthly contact group on Ukraine's...
    Two newspapers - one Swedish, the other Finnish - have reported the governments of Sweden and Finland have agreed to submit NATO applications at the same time and that it will happen in the middle of next month.  Finnish newspaper Iltalehti said that the Swedish government has expressed a wish to Finland that they apply together in the week starting May 22 and Swedish government sources confirmed the information to Sweden's Expressen tabloid. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to growing support in Sweden and Finland, a Russian neighbour, for joining NATO. Though not members, both Nordic countries closely co-operate with NATO, allowing, among other things, the alliance's troops to carry out exercises on their soil. Helsinki and Stockholm have also substantially intensified their bilateral defence co-operation in the past years, and there was talk earlier this month that the Nordic territories could both seek to join NATO in the coming months amid Russian aggression. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (L) welcomes Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (R) prior to a meeting on whether to seek NATO membership in Stockholm, Sweden,...
    Sweden is on the verge of applying for NATO membership after its Scandinavian neighbour Finland said it would open a debate on joining the security alliance.  Sweden's prime minister Magdalena Andersson is understood to be eager for the country to join the trans-Atlantic alliance by June, to the fury of Vladimir Putin who invaded Ukraine in part for its desire to join to the pact. The application is expected to be submitted by the NATO meeting in Madrid on June 29-20 despite Kremlin threats of 'destruction', Swedish reports say. Similarly, Finland is hoping to start its application process 'within weeks, not within months', with a decision expected soon on the country's security. A Finnish government report released today that examines the 'fundamentally changed' security environment will now make its way through parliament, followed by a debate next week, and is expected to form the basis of their decision.   Today, Andersson hosted her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin in Stockholm for a meeting on their prospective memberships of the alliance. Marin said: 'There are different perspectives to apply (for) NATO membership or not to...
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