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Sweden and Finland closer to joining NATO as member nations sign accession protocols

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"This is truly an historic moment. For Finland, for Sweden, for NATO, and for our shared security," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said of the alliance's most significant expansion in decades.  The legislatu...

Biden and NATO leaders prepare to beef up alliance forces and set the stage for Finland and Sweden to join their ranks

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Madrid US President Joe Biden and fellow NATO leaders assembled in the Spanish capital of Madrid Wednesday announced a significant strengthening of forces along the alliance's eastern flank as Russia's war in Ukraine...

US and European officials eye summit for progress for Finland and Sweden joining NATO

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European and US officials do not expect that Turkey's concerns about Finland and Sweden joining NATO will be assuaged before the alliance's summit this week, US and European officials told CNN. Yet some officials b...

Turkey’s Erdogan: Sweden, Finland joining NATO poses ‘risks’ for ‘organization’s future’

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The group known as PKK has waged a 38-year insurgency against Turkey that has led to tens of thousands of deaths. It is designated a terrorist entity by the United States and the European Union, including Sweden and ...

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Sweden and Finland of supporting terrorism, potentially thwarting NATO aspirations

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"For as long as Tayyip Erdogan is the head of the Republic of Turkey, we definitely cannot say 'yes' to countries which support terrorism entering NATO," Erdogan told reporters as he returned from Azerbaijan on Satur...

Finnish foreign minister optimistic that ‘sooner or later’ Finland and Sweden will be NATO members

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Washington Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto expressed optimism that "sooner or later, Finland and Sweden will be members of NATO" and said discussions with the Turkish government would continue as Ankara threa...

NATO won’t seek military bases, nuclear weapons in Finland, PM says

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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement to an Italian newspaper on Thursday, days after Finland formally requested membership in NATO. "There isn't even interest [within NATO] to put nuclear weapons ...

Why is Turkey causing problems for Finland and Sweden’s plans to join NATO?

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Istanbul, Turkey Just when it seemed like Finland and Sweden's accession into NATO was imminent, Turkey has taken its allies by surprise by throwing a wrench into the works. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he d...

Finland President surprised at Putin’s ‘calm’ response to NATO membership news

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"Altogether the discussion was very good," Niinisto said on "State of the Union" on Sunday. "I say calm and cool, and he did not repeat those threats he had earlier, and his people had been telling that is that if Fi...

Finland will apply to join NATO, leaders say, ditching decades of neutrality despite Russia’s threats of retaliation

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Finland's government announced Sunday it will apply to join NATO, ditching decades of wartime neutrality and ignoring Russian threats of possible retaliation as the Nordic country attempts to strengthen its security...

Finland president, prime minister urge the country to apply for NATO membership ‘without delay’

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"NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security," Finland President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement. "As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alli...

Mike Pompeo slams Putin for claim about Finland and Sweden

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MIKE POMPEO: It's the case that I think Vladimir Putin can now see that NATO is real and serious, but I think he's always known this doesn't present an offensive threat to him. His claim that somehow NATO presents ri...

Sweden plans NATO application, Finland signals intent to join with security assessment: Report

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Andersson told Swedish outlet SvD that her party, the Swedish Social Democrats, had made a decision on "the NATO issue," with party informants telling the outlet that the plan is to submit its application at the June...

Finland and Sweden could soon join NATO, prompted by Russian war in Ukraine

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Finland and Sweden could soon join NATO, moves that would likely infuriate Moscow and that officials say would further underscore Russia's strategic error in invading Ukraine. NATO officials told CNN that discussion...

Russia says Finland, Sweden could face consequences if countries move to join NATO

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During a news briefing, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova made the remarks as Russian forces continue to battle the Ukrainian military following an unprovoked invasion into the neighboring country...

Winter Olympics 2022: Finland beats Russians for its 1st hockey gold medal

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After finally accomplishing what so many Finland teams before were unable to do, there was plenty of strength to go around. Finland, known as Suomi in Finnish, is now synonymous with gold. The Finns knocked off the f...

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