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Turkey has agreed to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, a breakthrough in an impasse clouding a leaders' summit in Madrid amid Europe's worst security crisis in decades triggered by the war in Ukraine.
war in Ukraine.WhatsApp Turkey has agreed to support Finland's and Sweden's bids for NATO membership, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed.2 minutes ago This week’s NATO summit in Madrid is “probably the most important in decades,” according to ASPI Senior Analyst Dr Malcolm Davis.Share Brussels | NATO is to agree an overhaul of its battle plans to offer better protection to the alliance’s eastern flank, tearing up a model that could have meant relinquishing and then attempting to recapture the Baltic states in the event of a Russian invasion.
After urgent top-level talks, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said "we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO." Russia's invasion of Ukraine has prompted Sweden and Finland to abandon their long-held nonaligned status and apply to join NATO."I am pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO," Mr Stoltenberg told reporters.But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had blocked the move, insisting the Nordic pair change their stance on Kurdish rebel groups that Turkey considers terrorists.It’s just going to get worse.READ MORE: Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson and Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin."Turkey, Finland and Sweden have signed a memorandum that addresses Turkey's concerns, including around arms exports and the fight against terrorism.The two countries are a step closer to NATO membership.“We never share the details of operational plans,” Stoltenberg said.
(AP) Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said the three countries' leaders signed a joint agreement after talks on Tuesday.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had threatened to veto Sweden and Finland's application to the military alliance over a series of issues, including an arms embargo placed by the two Nordic states on Turkey over its incursion into Syria to fight the Kurdish YPG militia in 2019.Read More.Turkey said it had "got what it wanted" including "full cooperation..But the main concern for Turkey had been from Sweden's apparent lack of action against Kurdish militant groups and their sympathisers – some elements of which Turkey said Sweden had been supporting..in the fight against" the rebel groups."The core group, the PKK, is also on the terror list of both the EU and the US.That will include new structures in which western NATO allies, such as the US, UK and France, would pledge their troops, ships and warplanes to be ready to deploy to specific territories on the alliance’s eastern flank, with graded response times starting from the opening hours of any attack.
The agreement comes at the opening of a crucial summit dominated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.US President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders arrived in Madrid for a summit that will set the course of the alliance for the coming years." A joint memorandum that has been signed by the three countries addressing Turkey's concerns is expected to be released.The summit was kicking off with a leaders' dinner hosted by Spain's King Felipe VI at the 18th-century Royal Palace of Madrid.Stoltenberg said the meeting would chart a blueprint for the alliance "in a more dangerous and unpredictable world.." READ MORE: Turkey lifted its objections to the expansion of the military alliance.Advertisement long after a NATO summit , it doesn’t change the reality,” he said.
(AP) "To be able to defend in a more dangerous world we have to invest more in our defence," Stoltenberg said.Just nine of NATO's 30 members meet the organization's target of spending two per cent of gross domestic product on defense.Spain, which is hosting the summit, spends just half that.Top of the agenda for leaders in meetings Wednesday and Thursday is strengthening defenses against Russia and supporting Ukraine.Biden, who arrived with the aim of stiffening the resolve of any wavering allies, said NATO was "as united and galvanised as I think we have ever been.“They’ve been under Soviet rule for decades.
" Moscow's invasion on February 24 shattered European security and brought shelling of cities and bloody ground battles back to the continent.NATO, which had begun to turn its focus to terrorism and other non-state threats, has had to confront an adversarial Russia once again.READ MORE: Spain's King Felipe VI listens as President Joe Biden speaks at the Royal Palace of Madrid.(AP) "Ukraine now faces a brutality which we haven't seen in Europe since the Second World War," Stoltenberg said.Diplomats and leaders from Turkey, Sweden and Finland earlier held a flurry of talks in an attempt to break the impasse over Turkey's opposition to expansion.more presence.
The three countries' leaders met for more than two hours alongside Stoltenberg on Tuesday before the agreement was announced.Erdogan is critical of what he considers the lax approach of Sweden and Finland toward groups that Ankara deems national security threats, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and its Syrian extension.American support for Syrian Kurdish fighters in combating the Islamic State group has also enraged Turkey for years.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, talks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.(AP) Turkey has demanded that Finland and Sweden extradite wanted individuals and lift arms restrictions imposed after Turkey's 2019 military incursion into northeast Syria.to defend every inch of NATO territory as we’ve done for 72 years.
Ending the deadlock will allow NATO leaders to focus on their key issue: an increasingly unpredictable and aggressive Russia.A Russian missile strike Monday on a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk was a grim reminder of the war's horrors.Some saw the timing, as Group of Seven leaders met in Germany and just ahead of NATO, as a message from Moscow.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is due to address NATO leaders by video on Wednesday, called the strike on the mall a "terrorist" act.Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko traveled to Madrid to urge the alliance to provide his country with "whatever it takes" to stop the war.
"Wake up, guys.This is happening now.You are going to be next, this is going to be knocking on your door just in the blink of an eye," Klitschko told reporters at the summit venue.Stoltenberg said Monday that NATO allies will agree at the summit to increase the strength of the alliance's rapid reaction force nearly eightfold, from 40,000 to 300,000 troops.The troops will be based in their home nations, but dedicated to specific countries on NATO's eastern flank, where the alliance plans to build up stocks of equipment and ammunition.
Beneath the surface, there are tensions within NATO over how the war will end and what, if any, concessions Ukraine should make to end the fighting.There are also differences on how hard a line to take on China in NATO's new Strategic Concept — its once-a-decade set of priorities and goals.The last document, published in 2010, didn't mention China at all.Countries with the highest military expenditure in the world View Gallery The new concept is expected to set out NATO's approach on issues from cybersecurity to climate change — and the growing economic and military reach of China, and the rising importance and power of the Indo-Pacific region.For the first time, the leaders of Japan, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand are attending the summit as guests.
Some European members are wary of the tough US line on Beijing and don't want China cast as an opponent.In the Strategic Concept, NATO is set to declare Russia its number one threat.Russia's state space agency, Roscosmos marked the summit's opening by releasing satellite images and coordinates of the Madrid conference hall where it is being held, along with those of the White House, the Pentagon and the government headquarters in London, Paris and Berlin.The agency said NATO was set to declare Russia an enemy at the summit, adding that it was publishing precise coordinates "just in case." Continue reading.
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Turkey agrees to Sweden and Finland joining NATOTurkey drops its threat to block Sweden and Finland's accession into NATO after the three countries reach a breakthrough agreement. This is good but also scary if russia retaliates Exactly what needs to be done especially with Finland's 1400km border with Russia. Russia also annexed a lot of territory from Finland during WW2. Putin will be furious All wars are bankers wars. Wars make money. Guess who wants one?
NATO summit ‘probably the most important in decades’ASPI warmongers funded by US arms corporations. NATO is just the US govs way of starting WW3. I'm sure it's a chickenhawk wet dream, but NATO is looking pretty shady these days. And last I checked, Australia was Indo-Pacific, not North Atlantic. For what communism lol 😂 we’ve had enough of the WEF & UN Bullshit if you haven’t already noticed
NATO set to bolster defence of Baltics against RussiaThe approach would let the alliance’s military commanders know in advance, at any time, exactly which forces are on standby and how quickly they could go to war.
NATO summit LIVE updates: Anthony Albanese says Vladmir Putin is uniting the world against himAnthony Albanese said the world collectively wants Russia to stop its acts of aggression; census data shows the “average Australian” is a woman in her 30s with a partner, kids. Follow updates here. Good to see your political editor resplendent in a T-shirt on the tarmac in Madrid. Fabulous stuff.
NATO to boost troops on high alert sevenfold in response to Russian aggressionNATO's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance will conduct its 'biggest overhaul' of collective deterrence and defence since the Cold War. …..in response to Russian aggression which was in response to 8 years of NATO aggression All wars are bankers wars Imagine calling it aggression when you are protecting people being killed by their own government.
‘So important’ for Australia to be present at NATO meetingAhh no its not. 1. We're not in NATO. 2. Nato is a bloody long way away from us. 3. Our neigbourhood is the global South. The asia Pacific to be exact. 4. The global South is rightly blaming Nato for the ridiculous sanctions that's fueling inflation and global shortages. Undoubtedly true. It's also true that he should have attended CHOGM en route. Boris managed both.