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Russia, China Slam NATO Over Summit Remarks

Alliance declared Russia 'direct threat'

(Newser) - NATO faced rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a "direct threat" and said China posed "serious challenges" to global stability. The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid, where it issued a stark warning that the world has been plunged...

NATO to Make Its Biggest Expansion in Decades

Finland and Sweden are formally invited to join

(Newser) - Sweden and Finland are one big step closer to joining NATO, which on Wednesday formalized its invitation to the two countries. The next step is for the 30 member states' parliaments and legislatures to ratify the decision, which is expected to move forward quickly, though the full process could take...

At NATO Summit, a Biting Description of Russia

Russia called 'most significant and direct threat'

(Newser) - NATO declared Russia the "most significant and direct threat" to its members’ peace and security, as the military alliance met Wednesday to confront what NATO’s chief called the biggest security crisis since World War II. The leaders are also set to publish NATO’s new Strategic Concept, its...

Turkey Drops Objection to Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

Alliance leader hails 'historic decision'

(Newser) - Update: Turkey agreed Tuesday to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, ending an impasse that had clouded a leaders’ summit opening in Madrid amid Europe’s worst security crisis in decades, triggered by the war in Ukraine. After urgent top-level talks with leaders of the three countries,...

'In an Unpredictable World,' US Leads NATO Exercise

Sweden, Finland take part in 7K-personnel drill

(Newser) - NATO kicked off nearly a two-week, US-led naval exercise on the Baltic Sea on Sunday with more than 7,000 sailors, airmen, and marines from 16 nations, including two aspiring to join the military alliance, Finland and Sweden. The annual BALTOPS naval exercise, initiated in 1972, is not held in...

Zelensky: Russia Holds 20% of Ukraine
Russia Controls 20%
of Ukraine: Zelensky
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Russia Controls 20% of Ukraine: Zelensky

US admits to conducting offensive cyber operations to aid Ukraine

(Newser) - After nearly 100 days of fighting, Russia holds one-fifth of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday. In a video address to the Parliament of Luxembourg, he said the battle is being waged from Kharkiv in the nation's northeast to Mykolaiv in the south, a distance of more than 1,...

Finland Won't Pay Gas Company in Rubles. Russia Hits Back

Gazprom has cut off supply of gas to Nordic nation

(Newser) - Things were already tense between Russia and Finland after the latter nation applied for NATO membership this week, and a new move by the former isn't going to alleviate that tension. Due to crippling sanctions against its central bank because of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has asked customers...

Finland, Sweden Officially Want Their NATO Cards
Finland, Sweden
Apply to Join NATO

Finland, Sweden Apply to Join NATO

Spurred by Russian invasion of Ukraine, countries make big move

(Newser) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications, handed over by Finland's and Sweden's ambassadors...

Sweden Ends 200 Years of Neutrality, Knocks on NATO's Door
Sweden: We Want
to Join NATO, Too

Sweden: We Want to Join NATO, Too

Government, like Finland's, will apply for membership

(Newser) - Sweden's prime minister announced Monday that Sweden will join Finland in seeking NATO membership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a historic shift that comes after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country, per the AP . The move, which is likely to...

Finland Makes Bid for NATO Official

Sweden's ruling party reverses on opposition to joining alliance

(Newser) - NATO moved closer to expansion on Sunday, as Finland confirmed its intention to apply for membership and Sweden's ruling party dropped its opposition to that nation joining. Both countries have long been militarily nonaligned, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said their joining the organization will constitute a "...

Finland Takes Big Step Toward Joining NATO

President, PM say country needs to apply to join alliance 'without delay'

(Newser) - After staying neutral during the Cold War and remaining nonaligned for decades afterward, Finland is on the brink of joining NATO. In a joint statement Thursday, Prime Minister Sanna Marin and President Sauli Niinisto said the country needs to apply to join the alliance "without delay," the Guardian...

Don't Join NATO, Russia Warns Finland, Sweden

Both nations are conducting reviews in light of the invasion of Ukraine

(Newser) - With polls showing public support for the move has nearly doubled in both countries since the invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland are talking about joining NATO. Don't do that, Russia warned Monday. "The alliance remains a tool geared towards confrontation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters,...

NATO Says Up to 15K Russian Troops Dead in Ukraine

High end of estimate equals Soviet toll from 10 years of war in Afghanistan

(Newser) - NATO estimated on Wednesday that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in four weeks of war in Ukraine, where fierce fighting by the country's fast-moving defenders has denied Moscow the lightning victory it sought. By way of comparison, Russia lost about 15,000 troops over...

Biden Heads to Europe for 'Extraordinary' NATO Summit
Biden Heads to Europe for
'Giant Meeting of NATO'
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Biden Heads to Europe for 'Giant Meeting of NATO'

New sanctions against Russia are expected

(Newser) - President Biden is headed to Europe Wednesday for a four-day trip that has Russia and the Ukraine at its nexus. As national security adviser Jake Sullivan put it to reporters on Tuesday, per the AP , "This war will not end easily or rapidly. For the past few months, the...

Putin's Goal: Avoid Being 'Jailed, Exiled or Killed'

Russia's president is unlikely to compromise with Ukraine, analysts say

(Newser) - The media has reported on peace talks between Ukraine and Russia—including fresh headlines just this weekend—but as Vladimir Putin targets Ukrainian civilians in a ruthless assault, he seems unlikely to cede ground at the bargaining table. "Putin's own penchant for risk and the patterns evident in...

UN Estimates Civilian Toll
UN Estimates Civilian Toll
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UN Estimates Civilian Toll

Agency says more than 70 children have been killed in attack on Ukraine

(Newser) - The fighting in Ukraine has killed at least 900 civilians so far, the United Nations human rights agency estimated Sunday. A statement said that 1,459 were reported injured, and that those killed included 179 men, 134 women, 11 girls, and 25 boys, per CNN . Another 39 children and 514...

4 US Troops Die During NATO Exercise in Norway

Cold Response exercise unrelated to war in Ukraine, Norway's PM says

(Newser) - Four US soldiers were killed in a plane crash in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle during a NATO exercise unrelated to the Ukraine war, Norway's prime minister said Saturday. Jonas Gahr Stoere tweeted that they were killed in the crash on Friday night. The cause was under...

The Situation in Which Russia Could Go Nuclear
The Situation in Which
Russia Could Go Nuclear
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The Situation in Which Russia Could Go Nuclear

'Would he?' is a question being asked and debated

(Newser) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Wednesday that were World War III to begin, it would involve nuclear weapons, reports Reuters . A few days earlier, Vladimir Putin announced he was putting the nation's nuclear deterrent forces on high alert, suggesting he was transitioning the country's nukes to a...

War With Ukraine Is Putin's 'Revenge' Against US
War With Ukraine Is
Putin's 'Revenge' Against US
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War With Ukraine Is Putin's 'Revenge' Against US

Stability in Europe rests on the actions of the US and its allies: experts

(Newser) - He may have been launching war against Ukraine, but it was the West that Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to have in his sights early Thursday. It was the West that created the "fundamental threats" to Russia that prompted military action, he said, per Time . "All of the...

After Emergency Meeting, NATO Beefs Up Eastern Flank

'We have increased the readiness of our forces to respond to all contingencies'

(Newser) - NATO agreed at emergency talks on Thursday to further beef up its land, sea, and air forces on its eastern flank near Ukraine and Russia after President Vladimir Putin ordered a military offensive in Ukraine. "We are deploying additional defensive land and air forces to the eastern part of...

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