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Finland and Sweden move closer to NATO membership

Both Finland and Sweden have taken one step closer to becoming full-fledged members of NATO after the ambassadors from all 30 member states of the US-led bloc signed accession protocols for the two Nordic countries on Tuesday. The accession ceremony was held at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where …

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Ukraine won’t pursue NATO membership – Zelensky adviser

Ukraine has accepted that NATO membership is off the table, and will not take any further steps toward joining the US-led military alliance, Igor Zhovkva, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, told the Financial Times on Saturday. Nevertheless, Kiev wants a say in NATO’s policies. NATO leaders are set to …

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NATO chief ‘cannot guarantee’ membership for Finland and Sweden

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said it’s uncertain whether the military alliance will be able to overcome Turkey’s opposition to membership for Finland and Sweden. The two Nordic nations applied to join the US-led bloc in May, voicing concerns over their security amid Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. NATO …

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Disputed territory seeks NATO and EU membership

Kosovo wishes to become a member of NATO and the European Union, the self-proclaimed republic’s prime minister Albin Kurti said on Wednesday, while visiting Washington. Serbia’s breakaway province had declared independence with US support in 2008, but has not been recognized by Belgrade, the UN, or even all the EU …

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Finnish Parliament votes in favor of NATO membership

Finnish lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favor of requesting NATO membership. The vote came after parliament’s foreign affairs committee recommended the move due to a threat supposedly posed by Russian foreign policy to Europe. The 200-seat body overwhelmingly supported the application, with 188 lawmakers backing the decision and just eight …

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Sweden approves NATO membership bid

Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party has announced its support for the country’s NATO membership bid, following a similar move by the Finnish government. In a statement published on Sunday, the Social Democrats pledged “to work for Sweden to apply for membership in NATO.” However, the party leadership stressed that if …

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Russia changes position on Ukraine’s EU membership bid

Russia has changed stance on Ukraine’s prospects of the EU membership, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy has said. The membership now cannot be a part of any peace deal, the diplomat told the Unherd News in an interview on Thursday. While originally Moscow was not concerned about …

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Finland’s NATO membership will trigger response – Moscow

Moscow has warned that Finland joining NATO would pose a direct threat to Russia’s security and its acceptance to the military alliance would prompt Russia to develop measures to ensure its safety. That’s after Finnish officials confirmed on Thursday their commitment to join the US-led bloc and announced plans to …

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Sweden to reject referendum on NATO membership

Sweden does not plan to hold a referendum on the subject of NATO membership if its Parliament approves of the measure, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced on Thursday, suggesting that putting the matter to a vote would be a “bad idea.” “I don’t think it is an issue that …

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