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RUSSIA HALTS GAS SUPPLY TO FINLAND OVER PAYMENT DISPUTE, NATO

...Cutoff of gas shipments follows Helsinki’s application to join the NATO defense alliance.Russia’s Gazprom on Saturday shut off gas exports to Finland, marking an escalation in tensions between the two countries following Helsinki’s bid to join the NATO defense alliance. Pipes at the Gasum plant in Imatra, Finland, on May 12, 2022 | Vesa Moilanen/AFP… Continue reading RUSSIA HALTS GAS SUPPLY TO FINLAND OVER PAYMENT DISPUTE, NATO

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RUSSIA REPORTEDLY MOVES NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILES TO FINLAND BORDER

Russia has reportedly moved missiles capable of firing nuclear warheads close to its border with Finland amid heightened threats over the latter’s bid to join NATO.A fleet of more than a dozen military vehicles moved down a highway — including seven that are thought to carry Iskander missiles, a video clip shared by Reuters Monday… Continue reading RUSSIA REPORTEDLY MOVES NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILES TO FINLAND BORDER

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ERDOGAN SAYS FINNISH, SWEDISH, DELEGATIONS SHOULD NOT BOTHER COMING

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Swedish and Finnish delegations should not bother going to Ankara to convince his government to support their NATO bids. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday that Sweden's government has formally decided to apply for NATO membership, a day after Finnish… Continue reading ERDOGAN SAYS FINNISH, SWEDISH, DELEGATIONS SHOULD NOT BOTHER COMING

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TURKEY LAYS OUT DEMANDS AS FINLAND, SWEDEN SEEK NATO MEMBERSHIP

Turkey's foreign minister said on Sunday that Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorist groups in their countries, provide clear security guarantees and lift export bans on Turkey as they seek membership in NATO.Speaking after a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin, Mevlut Cavusoglu said he met his Swedish and Finnish counterparts and all were… Continue reading TURKEY LAYS OUT DEMANDS AS FINLAND, SWEDEN SEEK NATO MEMBERSHIP

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PUTIN SAYS FINLAND SHOULD KEEP MILITARY NEUTRALITY AS FINLAND SEEKS NATO MEMBERSHIP

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake. He made the statement during a conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Saturday, according to the Kremlin.The conversation came amid the plan by Finland and Sweden to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Finland President… Continue reading PUTIN SAYS FINLAND SHOULD KEEP MILITARY NEUTRALITY AS FINLAND SEEKS NATO MEMBERSHIP