Erdogan speaks to Stoltenberg over Finland, Sweden NATO bid | NATO News

Turkey’s President tells NATO chief Sweden and Finland must address Ankara’s concerns before it could support their membership bid. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Ankara would not look “positively” on Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids unless its concerns were addressed, despite broad support from other allies, including the United States. Turkey has … Read more

Russia cuts off Finland gas flows over payment dispute | Russia-Ukraine war News

Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Moscow asked clients from ‘unfriendly countries’ to pay for gas in rubles, on the way to sidestep sanctions. Russia’s Gazprom halted gas exports to neighboring Finland, the latest escalation of an energy payment dispute with Western nations. Gazprom Export has demanded that European countries pay for Russian gas … Read more

Finland’s gas flows from Russia to be shut off from Saturday: Energy provider

A drilling rig at a gas processing facility, operated by Gazprom. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters Russia may have just made its first retaliatory move against Finland after lawmakers in Helsinki officially applied to join the NATO military alliance. Gasum, Finland’s state-owned gas wholesaler, said in a statement Friday morning that imports from Russia will be … Read more

Russia to cut gas supplies to Finland on Saturday: Gasum | Russia-Ukraine war News

Finnish state-owned gas company says Russian cutoff, which follows application to join NATO, will not affect supply. Russia will cut flows of natural gas to Finland on Saturday, Finnish state-owned energy wholesaler Gasum has said. Gasum said on Friday that it had been informed by Russia’s state-owned energy corporation Gazprom that flows would be halted. … Read more

Russia vows ‘countermeasures’ as NATO looks set to expand | NATO News

Russia’s defense chief says 12 military units and divisions in the western region will be launched in response to the Finnish and Swedish bids to join the alliance. Russia will create new military bases in the western portion of the country, in what Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu described as “adequate countermeasures” to Finland and Sweden’s … Read more

Two maps show NATO’s growth and Russia’s isolation since 1990

A Swedish soldier takes part in exercises on May 17, 2022. Her country, along with Finland, now wants to join NATO. Jonathan Nackstrand | afp | Getty Images Russia has become increasingly isolated from the rest of Europe over the last 30 years, and maps of the continent illustrate just how drastic the change has … Read more

US offers ‘complete backing’ for NATO bids by Sweden and Finland | NATO News

After meeting with both countries’ leaders, Biden says Sweden and Finland ‘meet every NATO requirement and then some’. US President Joe Biden has voiced emphatic support for bids by Sweden and Finland to join NATO amid the war in Ukraine as he hosted the two Nordic countries’ leaders in Washington, DC. Flanked by Swedish Prime … Read more

Biden says Sweden, Finland NATO bids have full U.S. backing

US President Joe Biden, Swedens Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finlands President Sauli Niinistö arrive to speak in the Rose Garden following a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 19, 2022. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States fully supports … Read more

US ‘confident’ NATO expansion issues will be resolved | Russia-Ukraine war News

Turkey has opposed NATO membership bids by Sweden Finland, but US says concerns can be addressed. US President Joe Biden has said the bids by Sweden and Finland to join NATO would be successful, despite objections raised by Turkey to their applications. “I think we’re going to be OK,” Biden said on Wednesday in response … Read more

nato: Finland, Sweden submit NATO membership application

BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Finland, Sweden has officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,” Stoltenberg told reporters after receiving their application … Read more