Austin huddles with leaders in Sweden as momentum builds for NATO bid

Austin huddles with leaders in Sweden as momentum builds for NATO bid

[ad_1] “We encourage our allies, Türkiye and Hungary, to ratify Sweden’s accession as soon as possible,” Austin later said at a joint press conference with Jonson in front of the Visby-class corvette Härnösand, a new class of ships designed for stealth and countering undersea mines and submarines. “Sweden’s membership in NATO is going to mean … Read more

Sweden shuts down embassy in Pakistan for security reasons

Sweden shuts down embassy in Pakistan for security reasons

[ad_1] Islamabad: Sweden has announced closing its embassy in Pakistan “indefinitely” due to the prevailing “security situation” in the crisis-hit country’s capital. The embassy did not elaborate on the nature of the threat, but Pakistan’s political situation is getting worse amid growing tension between the government and the Supreme Court. Pakistan’s Supreme Court was hearing … Read more

2023’s most important election: Turkey

2023’s most important election: Turkey

[ad_1] Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. For Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, next month’s election is of massive historical significance. It falls 100 years after the foundation of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s secular republic and, if Erdoğan wins, he will be empowered to put even more of his stamp on … Read more

Finland is now officially a NATO member

Finland is now officially a NATO member

[ad_1] BRUSSELS — Finland formally joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday, becoming its 31st member on the same day as NATO’s 74th anniversary. The country applied to join NATO last May in a foreign policy U-turn prompted by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Finland’s entry brings to the alliance a new 1,340-kilometer border with … Read more

Finland to join NATO on Tuesday 

Finland to join NATO on Tuesday 

[ad_1] Finland will formally become a full-fledged NATO ally on Tuesday, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.  “This is an historic week,” the NATO chief told reporters. “Tomorrow, we will welcome Finland as the 31st member of NATO, making Finland safer and our alliance stronger.”  A ceremony marking Finland’s accession is set to take … Read more

Finland cleared to join NATO following Turkish vote

Finland cleared to join NATO following Turkish vote

[ad_1] Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The Turkish parliament on Thursday unanimously ratified Finland’s accession to NATO, effectively allowing Helsinki to join the military alliance but leaving Sweden out in the cold. Finland could now become a formal member of NATO within days.  “All 30 NATO members have now … Read more

Finland on course for NATO membership after Hungarian vote

Finland on course for NATO membership after Hungarian vote

[ad_1] The Hungarian parliament ratified Finland’s NATO membership on Monday, putting Helsinki one step closer to joining the alliance but leaving Sweden waiting in the wings.  Members of Hungary’s parliament voted by a margin of 182 to 6 in favor of Finnish accession. Helsinki now only needs the Turkish parliament’s approval — expected soon — … Read more

Sweden, Finland discuss NATO accession with Turkey

Sweden, Finland discuss NATO accession with Turkey

[ad_1] Brussels: Representatives of Sweden, Finland and Turkey held talks in Brussels to discuss progress on fulfilling Turkey’s conditions for agreeing to the Nordic countries’ accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the military bloc said in a statement. Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO in 2022 but faced objections from NATO-member Turkey … Read more

Who blew up Nord Stream?

Who blew up Nord Stream?

[ad_1] Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Nearly six months on from the subsea gas pipeline explosions, which sent geopolitical shockwaves around the world in September, there is still no conclusive answer to the question of who blew up Nord Stream. Some were quick to place the blame squarely at … Read more

In Nord Stream bombings probe, German investigators see Ukraine link, reports say

In Nord Stream bombings probe, German investigators see Ukraine link, reports say

[ad_1] BERLIN — German prosecutors have found “traces” of evidence indicating that Ukrainians may have been involved in the explosions that blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September 2022, according to German media reports Tuesday. Investigators identified a boat that was potentially used for transporting a crew of six people, diving equipment and … Read more