Finland, Sweden want in to NATO amid Russia-Ukraine war

5/15/2022 8:55:00 PM

Finland declared Sunday that it wants to join NATO.

Finland declared that it wants to join NATO and a “new era,” while Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering.

Finland declared Sunday that it wants to join NATO.

•Russia has long bristled about NATO moving closer to its borders, so the developments will be sure to further anger Moscow. President Vladimir Putin has already warned his Finnish counterpart on Saturday that relations would be “negatively affected.”

Speaking after top diplomats from the alliance’s 30 member states met in Berlin, Stoltenberg also expressed his hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering.“This is a historic day. A new era begins,” Niinisto said.

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By FRANK JORDANS and JARI TANNER Associated Press • May 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm BERLIN — Finland’s government declared a “new era” is underway as it inches closer to seeking NATO membership, hours before Sweden’s governing party on Sunday backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.Control areas as of May 13 100 MILES Sources: Institute for the Study of War, AEI’s Critical Threats Project, Post reporting Ukrainian troops appear to have forced a Russian withdrawal in Kharkiv and are launching counterattacks with the aim of disrupting supply lines and making it harder for Moscow to encircle Kyiv’s forces and capture the entire Donbas region, analysts and local officials say.Germany: Hundreds of far-right extremists working in security services Fast News "What needs to be done is clear: they have to stop allowing PKK outlets, activities, organisations, individuals and other types of presence to.Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin both said on Thursday that their country should apply to join the transatlantic military bloc"without delay.

Russia has long bristled about NATO moving closer to its borders, so the developments will be sure to further anger Moscow. President Vladimir Putin has already warned his Finnish counterpart on Saturday that relations would be “negatively affected. But the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Synyehubov, warned residents Saturday that it was still too dangerous to return because of mines.” Advertisement NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday the process for Finland and Sweden to join could be very quick.exist in those countries," Türkiye's presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin says. He also didn’t expect Turkey to hold up the process. Occupying forces continue bombing the Azovstal steel plant, where the last holdouts from the Ukrainian military have sheltered. Speaking after top diplomats from the alliance’s 30 member states met in Berlin, Stoltenberg also expressed his hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering. "Finland's accession to NATO will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations and maintenance of stability and security in the Northern European region," the Foreign Ministry said.

Advertisement In Finland, President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin confirmed earlier statements that their country would seek membership in NATO during a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. Kyiv: A wartime curfew in Kyiv will begin an hour later starting Sunday, the mayor said, as the capital treads cautiously toward some semblance of normalcy amid the Russian invasion. "We are not closing the door. The Nordic country, which was nonaligned before changing its stance on NATO, shares a long border with Russia. “This is a historic day.m. A new era begins,” Niinisto said. "What needs to be done is clear: they have to stop allowing PKK outlets, activities, organisations, individuals and other types of presence to. The Finnish Parliament is expected to endorse the decision in the coming days.m. Russia's Deputy Ambassador to the U.

A formal membership application will then be submitted to NATO headquarters in Brussels, most likely at some point next week. Sweden, also nonaligned, moved a step closer to applying for NATO membership after the governing Social Democratic party met Sunday and backed joining the trans-Atlantic alliance. Lviv: A Russian missile struck military infrastructure in this city in western Ukraine about 4:30 a.exist in those countries," Kalin said. The plan to join the alliance will be discussed in Sweden’s parliament on Monday, and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s Cabinet will make an announcement later that day. Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson gives a press conference after a meeting at the ruling Social Democrat's headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, May 15, 2022. local time Sunday, regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said in a message on Telegram. Sweden’s governing party backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. But this is the first point that we want to bring to the attention of all the allies as well as to Swedish authorities," he added. It means that Finland and Sweden, all of a sudden, instead of neutral countries, become part of the enemy and they bear all the risks," Polyanskiy said.

(Fredrik Persson/TT/AP) The decision by the Social Democrats breaks with the party’s long-standing position that Sweden must remain nonaligned and means there’s a clear majority for NATO membership in Parliament. Reis Thebault contributed to this report. Sweden has not been a member of a military alliance since the Napoleonic Wars. Finland adopted neutrality after being defeated by the Red Army in World War II and losing about 10% of its territory. READ MORE: Erdogan: Türkiye does not favour Finland, Sweden joining NATO for now Türkiye's security concerns Sweden and its closest military partner, Finland, have until now remained outside NATO, which was founded in 1949 to counter the Soviet Union in the Cold War. “Our 200-year-long standing policy of military nonalignment has served Sweden well,” Andersson said during a news conference in Stockholm late Sunday. “But the issue at hand is whether military nonalignment will keep serving us well?” Advertisement “We’re now facing a fundamentally changed security environment in Europe.

” Finland and Sweden abandoned traditional neutrality by joining the European Union in 1995. Stockholm is widely expected to follow Helsinki's lead and could apply for entry to the 30-nation military alliance as early as Monday. Public opinion in both countries was firmly against joining NATO until the Russian invasion on Ukraine on Feb. 24, when support for membership surged almost overnight, first in Finland and later in Sweden. NATO’s secretary-general, meanwhile, sought to highlight Russian military setbacks.  "We have to see this from a mutual point of view. “Russia’s war in Ukraine is not going as Moscow had planned,” Stoltenberg said by video link to the NATO meeting in Berlin as he recovers from a COVID-19 infection.

” “They failed to take Kyiv. They are pulling back from around Kharkiv. Their major offensive in Donbas has stalled. Russia is not achieving its strategic objectives.” “Ukraine can win this war,” he said, adding that NATO must continue to step up its military support to the country.

Advertisement The ex-Soviet republic of Georgia’s bid to join NATO is again being discussed despite dire warnings from Moscow about the consequences. Both countries fought a brief war in 2008 over Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia. Nordic NATO member Norway said it strongly welcomed Finland’s decision to seek membership. Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt described Helsinki’s move as “a turning point” for the Nordic region’s defense and security policies. Stoltenberg said he was confident the accession process for Finland and Sweden could be expedited.

In the meantime, the alliance would increase its presence in the Baltic region to deter Russian threats, he said. “All allies realize the historic magnitude of the moment,” Stoltenberg added. That sentiment was echoed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. “Sweden and Finland, if you’re ready, we’re ready,” she said. Advertisement But NATO member Turkey has raised concerns about the two countries joining, alleging they support Kurdish militants that Ankara considers terrorists.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984 and the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people. Turkey has also been infuriated by U.S. support for PKK-linked Syrian Kurdish militants to fight the Islamic State group. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters in Berlin that Finland and Sweden had also imposed restrictions on defense sales to Turkey that he called “unacceptable.

” “It’s not because we are against the expansion of NATO, but because we believe countries who support terror and follow such policies against us should not be NATO allies,” Çavuşoğlu said. Stoltenberg said his understanding is that Turkey wants to have its concerns over Finland and Sweden addressed first. “Turkey has made it clear that their intention is not to block membership,” he said. Advertisement Nonetheless, Turkey’s raising of its grievances has led to concerns in Washington and Brussels that other NATO members might also use the admission process as a way to wring concessions from allies, possibly complicating and delaying accession. U.

S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who spoke with Çavuşoğlu and will see him again on the margins of a special U.N. Security Council meeting later this week in New York, declined to comment on those concerns. But he was optimistic that all NATO members would support bids from Finland and Sweden.

“I’m very confident that we will reach consensus,” he said after the meeting in Berlin. Jari Tanner reported from Helsinki. Matthew Lee in Berlin, and Zeynep Bilginsoy in Istanbul, contributed to this report. Advertisement .