NATO chief: Turkey has ‘legitimate concerns’ over terrorism

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that Turkey has “legitimate concerns” over terrorism and other issues that need to be taken seriously. Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish militants and says it will not back the two Nordic nations joining NATO until they change their policies. Speaking at a … Read more

Sweden, Finland push ahead with NATO bids as Turkey objects

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strongly worded objections caught the two applicants and other NATO members … Read more

Finland will apply for NATO membership, president says

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin (L) and President Sauli Niinisto. Heikki Saukkomaa | dpa | Getty Images Finland will apply for membership in NATO, the country’s president said Sunday, in a historic move for the Nordic country, which has had a decades-long policy of military neutrality. In a press conference alongside Prime Minister Sanna Marin, … Read more

Putin warns Finland NATO membership would harm relations

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his Finnish counterpart Saturday that relations between the two neighbors could be “negatively affected” if Finland follows through with plans to apply for NATO membership. The Kremlin’s press service said in a statement that Putin told Sauli Niinisto Finland’s abandonment “of its traditional policy of military neutrality … Read more

Finland’s leaders call for NATO membership ‘without delay’

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders said Thursday they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine. The annoucement by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin means … Read more

Finland announces bid to join NATO in historic move

A French soldier takes part in a major drill as part of NATO’s EFP (Enhance forward presence) operation at the Tapa Estonian army camp near Rakvere, on February 6, 2022. Alain Jocard | dpa | Getty Images Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Thursday that the country should apply to join … Read more