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NATO member blocks accession talks for Sweden and Finland – media

Turkey has blocked NATO accession talks with Finland and Sweden on Wednesday, several media outlets have reported. Representatives of the military bloc’s member states have gathered seeking to open the negotiations just hours after both nations officially submitted their applications. However, Ankara has reportedly stopped the vote on the start of …

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Baltic Sea ‘becomes NATO sea’ – EU member

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has said his country approves of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, noting that their addition to the alliance turns the Baltic Sea into “a NATO sea” in a Friday interview with the Financial Times.  Along with his counterparts in Estonia and Lithuania, Rinkevics expressed his …

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Key NATO member against Sweden and Finland in bloc

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared on Friday that Ankara opposes the possibility of Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO because he believes the two Scandinavian nations harbor ‘terrorists’. By ‘terrorists’, the Turkish leader meant militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a separatist movement operating in southeastern Turkey, and …

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NATO member against Sweden and Finland in bloc

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared on Friday that Ankara opposes the possibility of Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO because he believes the two Scandinavian nations harbor ‘terrorists’. By ‘terrorists’, the Turkish leader meant militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a separatist movement operating in southeastern Turkey, and …

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EU member paves way to demolishing Soviet memorial

Latvian lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to renounce part of a treaty with Russia in which Riga committed to protect and maintain war memorials in the country. Thursday’s move opens the door to the removal of a monument to Soviet soldiers who liberated Riga from Nazi occupation during World War II. …

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NATO member pledges to block Sweden and Finland’s candidacy

Finland and Sweden joining NATO is “very dangerous charlatanry” and amounts to provoking Russia, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday. Zagreb will refuse to ratify their membership until the US and EU pressure the neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina into guaranteeing ethnic Croats their basic voting rights, Milanovic added. “As far as …

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EU member state’s debt hits all-time high

The sovereign debt of Italy has set another record, nearly €2.74 trillion, the country’s central bank reported on Friday. According to the latest data published by the Bank of Italy, the nation’s debt increased by 2.1% compared to December. In monetary terms, the growth totaled nearly €59 billion. “This is …

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NATO member sends missile system to Ukraine

Slovakia has ‘donated’ its solitary Soviet-made S-300 air defense system to Ukraine, Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger said on Friday. The move does not mean Bratislava has entered into a conflict with Moscow, he added in a Facebook post. “I can confirm that Slovakia donated the S-300 air defense system …

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Ukraine slams EU member over Russian gas

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has again lashed out at Hungary, saying it views its neighbor’s eagerness to accept Russia’s demand for gas payments to be made in rubles as an “unfriendly position.” Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the switch to gas payments in the national currency after Kiev’s Western backers …

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Ukraine receives tanks from NATO member – media

Czechia has provided Ukraine with tanks for use in its ongoing conflict with Russia, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported, on Tuesday.  The Central European nation has also reportedly supplied Kiev with howitzer artillery pieces and Soviet-made BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, according to the newspaper. The supplies have been funded by …

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