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US Senate approves NATO expansion

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to ratify Sweden and Finland’s membership in the NATO alliance, another step toward expanding the US-led military bloc after its 30 members formally committed to the move.  Lawmakers approved the measure 95-1 on Wednesday, in what President Joe Biden called a “historic vote” which …

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US Senate panel approves NATO expansion

The Senate committee passed the resolution on Thursday without a single voiced objection, indicating bipartisan support for the move in Washington, and urged other NATO members to follow suit and show unity in welcoming Stockholm and Helsinki into the US-led military bloc. “A powerful alliance rooted in shared values, Sweden and …

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Germany reveals massive military expansion

Germany’s plan to invest a whopping 100 billion euro ($107.35 billion) into its military will allow Berlin to significantly expand its fighting force, Chancellor Olaf Scholz told local media on Monday. This will make the German army the biggest in Europe among NATO members, he said. The pledge, which the …

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NATO expansion ‘not a threat’ – Biden

President Joe Biden on Thursday gave his “strong support” to the NATO membership applications of Finland and Sweden. He insisted that the alliance’s continued expansion “is not a threat to any nation,” a point that Russia disputes. Speaking alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at …

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China calls for BRICS expansion

China wants to expand the group of emerging economies known as BRICS, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Thursday. The economic bloc currently consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. “China proposes to start the BRICS expansion process, explore the criteria and procedures for the expansion, and gradually …

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Germany says it will back NATO expansion

Germany will support the admission of Finland and Sweden into the NATO military alliance, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, after the two Nordic states expressed interest in joining up despite decades of neutrality. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday following two days of closed-door meetings with his Finnish and Swedish counterparts in …

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Timeline for new NATO expansion revealed – media

Finland and Sweden could join NATO as early as this summer in response to Moscow’s ongoing military assault on Ukraine, according to a report from Britain’s The Times newspaper, on Monday. The Finnish application to join the bloc is expected to be submitted in June, with Sweden following suit shortly after …

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