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Sweden and Finland received an invitation to join NATO

Now the accession of Sweden and Finland will have to be approved by the parliaments of 30 NATO member countries ” alt=”Sweden and Finland received an invitation to join NATO” /> NATO has officially invited Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, according to its website. These countries now have invited status. “The accession of Finland and Sweden will make them more secure, NATO— stronger, and the Euro-Atlantic region— safer. The security of Finland and Sweden is of paramount importance to the North Atlantic Alliance, including during the accession process,— the NATO statement says. Now the accession of Sweden and Finland will have to be approved by the parliaments of 30 countries— members of the military-political bloc. Sweden and Finland annou...

The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO returned the Baltic to the “pre-Petrine times”

Experts assessed the new threats to Russia from the West During the NATO summit in Madrid, Turkey, Finland and Sweden nevertheless came to a compromise. Ankara no longer objects to the admission of the Scandinavians to the Alliance. The issue of NATO expansion can be considered resolved. It is clear that this changes the balance of power in the northwest of Europe. How exactly the situation is changing, and what Russia will be forced to do in this regard, “MK” found out from experts. Photo: Global Look Press The entry of Sweden and Finland into the Alliance for the Russian General Staff did not come as a surprise. As our military say, it was only a matter of time. For 10-15 years, these countries have been actively cooperating with NATO, buying NATO weapons. They also parti...

Medvedev: Ukraine in NATO is more dangerous for Russia than Finland and Sweden

Photo: Natalia Gubernatorova According to the Arguments and Facts newspaper, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev compared the danger of entering NATO of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden for our country. According to him, for the Russian Federation, Ukraine in NATO is an order of magnitude more dangerous due to the presence of unresolved territorial disputes and different understanding of the status of regions. &quot ;For us Crimea — part of Russia. And this — forever,” Medvedev stressed. Источник www.mk.ru

Medvedev considered that Sweden and Finland as part of NATO do not threaten Russia

Medvedev said that the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO does not pose new threats to Russia The accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO does not threaten Russia with “anything particularly new”, said Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Arguments and Facts.< /p> “If they feel better and safer by joining an alliance,— on health»,— he said. At the same time, Medvedev noted that Russia would be ready for retaliatory steps and would strengthen its borders, as the length of NATO's land borders with Russia would more than double. He considered that the prospect of Sweden and Finland joining NATO would not the citizens of the countries themselves are delighted. «Not the best prospect— to have our ...

Turkey announces new NATO summit with Finland and Sweden

The summit with the participation of the first persons of Turkey, NATO, Sweden and Finland will take place on June 28. Ankara will push for amendments to Finnish and Swedish laws to fight “PKK terrorists,” Erdogan's spokesman clarified Turkey will hold a new round of negotiations with Finland and Sweden on NATO membership before alliance summit in Madrid, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Haberturk TV channel. “On Tuesday [June 28], at the request of NATO Secretary General [Jens Stoltenberg], a summit of Turkey, NATO, Sweden and Finland will be held with the participation of our President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan]. It will be a summit before the NATO summit, — said Kalyn. At the same time, according to the representative of Erdogan, Turkey's part...

Finland to lift restrictions on visa applications from 1 July

Helsinki, Finland In connection with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on entry, Finland will remove restrictions on the acceptance of visa applications from July 1, the country's embassy in Russia reports. The ministry stressed that visa applications will be accepted at the Finnish visa centers only by appointment, and their consideration is carried out in accordance with the EU visa code. “There is a valid Visa Facilitation Agreement between the EU and Russia, but due to the sanctions its provisions have been partially suspended. On the part of the EU, the suspension of the agreement concerns representatives of official Russian delegations, in particular diplomats and businessmen, — the message says. The Embassy noted that it is not yet known what restrictions on...

Turkey rejects NATO mediation in talks with Finland and Sweden

Ankara demands specific proposals from Helsinki and Stockholm to counter the activists of the Kurdistan Workers' Party on the territory of these countries. Turkey blocks accession of two states to NATO Jens Stoltenberg Turkey rejected NATO's offer to hold trilateral talks with Sweden and Finland over the country's objections to their entry into the alliance, writes the Financial Times, citing three people familiar with it . Negotiations mediated by NATO were scheduled for June 15, but did not take place, the newspaper reports. Ankara demands from Helsinki and Stockholm “specific proposals” regarding concerns about the activities recognized as terrorist in Turkey strong>Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) before it agrees to negotiate. Turkish President Recep Tay...

Stoltenberg was surprised by the position of Turkey on the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO

The NATO Secretary General considered Turkey's fears about the entry of Finland and Sweden into the alliance legitimate. Negotiations with Turkey will continue in order to find “a common path forward”, he assured Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had no reason to believe that Turkey would take a hard line when he promised Finland and Sweden to quickly join the alliance. He spoke about this in an interview with The Financial Times. “We had no reason to believe that there would be any problems. Turkey's concerns are not new. Turkey— an important ally, and when an ally raises security issues, we must resolve them, — emphasized Stoltenberg. He called Turkey's concerns about terrorism legitimate. According to him, no NATO ally has s...

NATO rejects deadline to host Sweden and Finland at Madrid summit

Stoltenberg: NATO does not consider the Madrid summit as a deadline for hosting Finland and Sweden According to Stoltenberg, NATO does not see the summit as a deadline for hosting Finland and Sweden. He once again stressed that Turkey's concerns are legitimate Jens Stoltenberg and Sauli Niinistö NATO does not consider the Madrid summit from 28 to 30 June as a deadline for hosting Finland and Sweden, said Secretary General organization Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. “We don't see the Madrid summit as a deadline for Sweden and Finland to join,” — Stoltenberg said, answering a journalist's question, whether NATO will be able to remove Turkey's objections to the admission of these two countries by the ti...

Finland rules out NATO membership without Sweden

Both countries applied to join the alliance on May 18. Turkey opposes their membership. Russia said that NATO expansion in the region does not pose a “threat”, but retaliatory measures will be taken Jens Stoltenberg and Sauli Niinistö Finland will not join NATO without Sweden, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said during a press conference with the General NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, who arrived on a visit to Finland. On June 13, Stoltenberg will visit Sweden. “I say that the Swedish thing— our. This means that we will go forward hand in hand,— said Niinistö (NRK quote). Helsinki and Stockholm applied to join the alliance on 18 May. All member countries must approve their membership in NATO, but Turkey opposed the accession of these northern European countr...

STT learned of Finland’s refusal to extradite ‘terrorists’ to Turkey

According to the agency, Turkey has sent ten extradition requests to Finland since 2019, but Helsinki agreed to extradite only two people whose ties to the FETO or the PKK were not known Finland did not agree to extradite to Turkey people who, according to Ankara, are associated with the Gülen Movement (FETO) or the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized as terrorist in the republic, Ilta Sanomat reports with reference to STT. According to According to the agency, in total, by the beginning of June, Helsinki had ruled on seven requests for the extradition of citizens out of ten sent by Ankara since 2019. Two were extradited to Turkey, but they were not suspected of terrorism in their homeland. In mid-May, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erd...

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland announced plans to build barriers on the border with Russia

Finland's border will be strengthened due to “various security threats” and the risk of using migration as a policy tool, the country's interior ministry said. The Finnish authorities will decide on the barriers on the eastern sections of the border The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Finland announced plans to build barriers on the border with Russia” /> Krista Mikkonen The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has published planned amendments to the law on the border service, they should increase the country's readiness for “hybrid influence that exploits migration”, “border fences” are supposed in the east, according to a statement on the ministry's website. Additional provisions are planned to be introduced into the legislation tha...

After Putin’s words about Peter I, the President of Finland urgently left the Baltic island

And refused to dine with the King of Sweden According to the British daily tabloid Daily Mail, Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech at a meeting with young entrepreneurs, in which he drew a parallel between current events and era of Peter I, had unexpected consequences outside the Russian Federation. photo frame from video And the consequences are as follows: the president Finland Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenny Haukio, who were on a visit to the Åland Islands (the Swedish-speaking part of Finland, located at the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia) on the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of autonomy, flew home by helicopter. It was planned that the presidential the couple will have dinner with King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden and Queen Silvia, but the feast was ur...

NATO refuses to guarantee non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland

NATO Assistant Secretary General Camille Grand said that each member country decides for itself whether to deploy nuclear weapons on its territory. Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin said earlier that this issue is not on the agenda ” alt=”NATO refused to guarantee non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland” /> NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Camille Grand said in an interview with RTS that he could not guarantee the non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland and Sweden if these countries join the alliance. “In this context, I do not I am sure that it is worth giving some guarantees to Russia about our military strategy in this region,»,— he said. Grand added that this issue has not been discussed yet. The NATO Assistant Se...

Turkey urged Sweden and Finland not to waste time negotiating with NATO

Now Turkey, Sweden and Finland have nothing to talk about, first they must satisfy the expectations of the Turkish authorities, the presidential adviser said. Turkey seeks both countries to extradite PKK members to it =”Turkey urged Sweden and Finland not to waste time negotiating with NATO” /> Sweden and Finland should not waste time negotiating with NATO about membership in the alliance, since Turkey's requirements on this matter have not changed and there is nothing to talk about. This opinion was expressed in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter by the adviser to the Turkish president, Fahrettin Altun. “Turkey's demands for Finnish and Swedish membership in NATO remain unchanged, and there is nothing to negotiate. It is wrong for Finland and Swede...

Biden supported the rapid entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO

Joe Biden, at a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, expressed support for his efforts for the rapid entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, taking into account the security interests of all allies. Turkey opposes their membership, negotiations are underway rapid accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO” /> At a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Joe Biden expressed support for his efforts aimed at the rapid entry of Sweden and Finland into the alliance, taking into account the security interests of all allies, the White House press service reports. The US President and the NATO Secretary General welcomed the applications of Sweden and Finland to join the North Atlantic Alliance. The conversation discussed the implications of the Russian military operation in ...

Erdogan was dissatisfied with the negotiations with Finland and Sweden on NATO

The negotiations of the Finnish and Swedish delegations with the Turkish authorities were not at the expected level, Erdogan said. According to him, as long as he is president, Ankara will not approve the entry into NATO of countries that “support terrorism” Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was not satisfied with the outcome of negotiations with representatives of the delegations of Sweden and Finland on the prospects for these countries to join NATO, TRT reports. “Unfortunately, the meeting of the delegations was not at the same level , which we expected»,— he said, answering journalists' questions about whether Turkey's security concerns had been resolved, and Stockholm and Helsinki agreed to the demand for...

Reuters learned about Turkey’s “difficult” negotiations with Sweden and Finland

Turkey's negotiations with the delegations of Sweden and Finland on their accession to NATO were not easy and made little progress. This was reported by Reuters, citing informed sources. “This is not an easy process,”— a senior Turkish official told Reuters. He added that Sweden and Finland must take “difficult” steps to enlist Ankara's support. Another source told the agency that the talks had made no clear progress and concluded without any timeline to continue. In mid-May, Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO. The decision of the authorities of these countries was explained by changes in the security sphere after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. They stressed that this decision was not directed against Russia and was taken ...

Stoltenberg supported Turkey in demands to Sweden and Finland

When an ally raises a problem, it must be addressed, Stoltenberg said. Earlier, Turkey opposed the entry of Sweden and Finland into the alliance and put forward a number of demands against them Jens Stoltenberg Sweden and Finland are unlikely to become candidates for joining the alliance at the upcoming NATO summit if they do not fulfill Turkey's demands, Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the alliance, said, TRT TV channel reports. “No one has suffered from terrorist attacks as much as Turkey. Turkey— an important ally, and when an ally raises a problem, it needs to be addressed. That's how it's always been done, — he said. In particular, the NATO Secretary General recalled, due to the Greek veto, it took more than ten years for North Macedonia to join the ...

Macron called on Erdogan to respect the decision of Sweden and Finland to join NATO

The decision to join NATO is the “sovereign choice” of Sweden and Finland, Macron said during a conversation with Erdogan. He expressed hope that an agreement would be found and Turkey would lift its veto soon .jpg” alt=”Macron urged Erdogan to respect the decision of Sweden and Finland to join NATO” /> Emmanuel Macron It is necessary to “respect the sovereign choice” Sweden and Finland to join NATO, French President Emmanuel Macron said during a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is reported by BFM TV with reference to the message of the Elysee Palace. During a conversation with Erdogan, Macron expressed the hope that the “solution” about the lifting of the Turkish veto will be found soon. ...

Turkey called on Finland and Sweden to give guarantees before joining NATO

According to the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Ankara will host the delegations of Sweden and Finland, where they will demand written guarantees from them not to support “terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party” and the lifting of defense sanctions Mevlut Cavusoglu Turkey needs to obtain written guarantees from Finland and Sweden not to support terrorists before agreeing to their entry into NATO. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Hurriyet reports. “Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorists, we want a written agreement on specific steps from them. Sweden and Finland sent delegations to us, and our President [Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan] accepted this proposal, — he said. Cavusoglu stressed that the delegations will ...

Gasum announced the suspension of gas supplies from Russia to Finland

Gas supplies from Russia have been stopped, Finland will supply it in the summer season via the Balticconnector pipeline, Gasum reported. Gasgrid Finland assured that the country's system is balanced Natural gas imports from Russia to Finland are suspended, during the entire summer season the company will purchase it from other suppliers through the Balticconnector pipeline, according to the website of the Finnish state gas company Gasum. “Gasum will supply natural gas to its customers from other sources via the Balticconnector pipeline. Gasum filling stations in the gas network will continue to operate as usual,— said in the message. According to the Finnish state gas operator Gasgrid Finland, gas supplies were stopped through the Imatra point, while all the volume needed by th...

Erdogan called NATO a condition for joining the alliance of Sweden and Finland

NATO chief Stoltenberg agreed that it is necessary to take into account the interests of Turkey, and pointed out the need to continue negotiations to find a solution for the membership of Finland and Sweden in the alliance Jens Stoltenberg NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the entry of Sweden and Finland into the alliance. The head of the organization wrote about this on Twitter. During the conversation, he pointed out the importance of the principle of “open doors”; in NATO. The Turkish leader also said that he supports this policy. “We agree that it is necessary to take into account the security interests of all allies and continue negotiations to find a solution,”— emphasized Stoltenberg. Nevertheless,...

Gazprom promised to protect its interests in arbitration with Finland

Gazprom will stop gas supplies to Finland on the morning of May 21, the suspension will last until payment is made in the manner prescribed by the decree of the President of Russia Gazprom Export intends to defend its interests in arbitration with Finland, which has not accepted the new Russian gas payment terms, the company told RBC. “Gazprom Export” will defend its interests in the arbitration proceedings by available means, — said the company. «Gazprom Export» added that by the end of the working day on May 20 (the payment deadline stipulated by the contract), he had not received payment from Gasum for gas supplies in April. Therefore, until payment is made, gas supplies to the Finnish side will be suspended. Gasum announced on May 17 that it did not acc...

Finland has announced the date of cessation of gas supplies from Russia amid record sales

Helsinki reported that they had not received notifications from Gazprom. A message appeared on the website of the Finnish state-owned gas company Gasum that fuel supplies from Russia are being stopped this week. The statement also mentions the dates when the pumping will be stopped – the evening of May 20, or the 21st. The company also noted that no information about the suspension was received from the Russian side. That is, neither “Gazprom Export”, nor the Russian operator reported anything to the Finnish side. However, Gasum believes that such a risk is very real. Their opinion was formed against the backdrop of a statement made on May 17 by Finland refusing to fulfill the conditions of Gazprom, that is, to pay for fuel in rubles. Recall that according to the contr...

Croatian president urges to prevent Finland and Sweden from joining NATO

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic believes that Zagreb, following Ankara, should prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO. The prime minister, who is having a “fierce dispute” with Milanovic, and the Croatian Foreign Minister do not agree with him Zoran Milanovic Croatian President Zoran Milanovic believes that his country should follow Turkey's example and try to prevent Sweden and Finland in NATO, reports AP. According to the agency, Croatian Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovic does not agree with Milanovic; politicians have a “fierce argument” on a number of issues, including whether to support the application of the Scandinavian countries to join the North Atlantic Alliance. According to Milanovic, before the Croatian parliament votes on the issue of NATO expansion...

The US saw a chance to remove Turkey’s fears about Finland and Sweden in NATO

The White House is confident in its ability to resolve Turkey's concerns about Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Earlier, Erdogan called these countries a “guest house” for terrorists Jake Sullivan Turkey's doubts will be resolved and the NATO countries will unanimously decide on granting membership to Sweden and Finland, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a briefing. It was broadcast on YouTube. “We are confident that in the end Finland and Sweden will go through an efficient and effective accession process, that Turkey's concerns can be resolved,”— Sullivan told (CNN quote). He added that he held talks with the Turkish side on May 18, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will also meet with his Turkish counterpart. Accord...

FT learned of Turkey’s blocking of negotiations on Sweden and Finland in NATO

Ankara prevented the consideration of the applications of the two countries to join the alliance. Erdogan said earlier that Turkey will not approve the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO due to sanctions and the lack of a clear position towards the Kurds Turkey blocked the start of negotiations in NATO on joining the North Atlantic Alliance of Finland and Sweden, according to the Financial Times, citing a source. According to the newspaper, NATO ambassadors met on Wednesday, May 18, to discuss the applications for joining the bloc, which were submitted by Helsinki and Stockholm, but Ankara did not give negotiations begin. NATO declined to comment on information about the blocking of negotiations and cited the statement of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that “it is necessary ...

Bloomberg learned about Turkey’s demands for the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO

Ankara demands a return to the F-35 pilot training program, the lifting of sanctions for the purchase of Russian C-400s, as well as public condemnation by Sweden and Finland of the PKK banned in Turkey For approving the inclusion of Sweden and Finland in NATO Turkey demands, among other things, the return to the F-35 pilot training program and the lifting of sanctions for the purchase of Russian C-400s. Bloomberg reports this with reference to several high-ranking Turkish sources. Another condition— public condemnation by these two countries of Kurdish formations and the recognition of the PKK as a terrorist organization. Ankara also demands that Sweden and Finland lift restrictions on the supply of weapons to it, which have been in effect since 2019 due to Turkey's operation i...

Sweden and Finland apply to join NATO

The ambassadors of Sweden and Finland applied for these countries to join NATO. Putin said that their entry into the alliance would not pose a threat to Russia, but it would respond if the military infrastructure in these territories was expanded. . Now applications for membership must be considered by the Council of the North Atlantic Alliance— the main political governing body of NATO. Then the agreement on membership of the countries in the alliance must be ratified at the national level in all 30 countries included in the bloc. Sweden and Finland declared their intention to join NATO NATO against the background of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. Finland noted that the decision on membership in the alliance is not directed against anyone. According to President Sauli N...