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Finland: Real estate may no longer secure visas for Russians

Sep. 15, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president said Thursday that he wants to make it harder for Russians to use owning real estate in the Nordic nation - usually apartments or summer cottages - as justification for obtaining travel visas. “Getting a visa to a country is not a subjective...

Finland drastically cuts tourist visas for Russians

Sep. 01, 2022 09:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland on Thursday slashed the number of visas issued to Russian citizens to a tenth of the regular amount in a move seen as a show of solidarity with Ukraine. Finland, which shares the longest border with Russia of all European Union member countries, announced...

EU to tighten travel rules for Russians, but no visa ban

Aug. 31, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — European Union countries agreed Wednesday to make it harder for Russian citizens to enter the 27-nation bloc, but they failed to find a consensus on imposing an outright tourist ban in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. At talks in the Czech Republic, EU foreign...

EU split over Russia visa ban, weighs Ukraine army training

Aug. 30, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — European Union nations were divided Tuesday over whether to slap a broad visa ban on Russian citizens, torn between a desire to ramp up pressure on President Vladimir Putin and concern about punishing people who may not even support his war on Ukraine. The 27-nation...

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

Jul. 05, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals — and possible political trouble in Turkey. The move further increases...

NATO deems Russia its 'most significant and direct threat'

Jun. 29, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security on Wednesday and vowed to strengthen support for Ukraine, even as that country's leader chided the alliance for not doing more to help it defeat Moscow. The military...

EXPLAINER: How was Turkey’s veto of Nordic NATO bid avoided?

Jun. 29, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — When the leaders of Finland, Sweden and Turkey met with NATO’s chief Tuesday, the potential for progress was hard to predict. Some remained pessimistic the meeting would lessen Turkey’s objections to the Nordic pair’s historic request to join NATO. The...