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On NATO, McConnell nudges GOP away from Trump-era approach

Aug. 04, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a dinner with the president of Finland shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell assured his host that the U.S. Senate would swiftly ratify NATO membership if the north European country chose to apply to the military alliance. ...

Finland to boost security at Russia border with amended law

Jul. 07, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s Parliament on Thursday passed amended legislation on border security that allows for the closure of crossing points with Russia amid fears that Moscow could choose to send large numbers of migrants to the frontier. The move by lawmakers came just two...

Erdogan: Nordic NATO bid could still be nixed if vows unkept

Jun. 30, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Just two days after agreeing to lift deal-breaking objections to Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession, Turkey’s leader warned Thursday that Ankara could still block the process if the two countries fail to fully meet his expectations. President Recep Tayyip...

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...

Live updates | Erdogan adamant on Sweden, Finland NATO bids

Jun. 27, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in the Bavarian Alps in Germany; and on the summit of NATO leaders that will start on Tuesday in Madrid: ___ Turkey’s president...

NATO to boost rapid reaction force, Ukraine military support

Jun. 27, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies will decide at a summit this week to increase the strength of their rapid reaction force nearly eightfold to 300,000 troops as part of their response to an “era of strategic competition," the military alliance's secretary-general said Monday. The NATO...

Turkish national carrier to change name to 'Türkiye' airline

Jun. 14, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the Turkish national carrier will rebrand as “Türkiye Hava Yolları” instead of “Turkish Airlines” as part of a push for his country to be known internationally as “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey.” ...

NATO chief: Sweden ready to address Turkish security fears

Jun. 13, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday he was “glad” that the Swedish government has confirmed its “readiness to address Turkey’s concerns as part of assuming the obligations of future NATO membership.” After decades of military...

NATO chief: Turkey has 'legitimate concerns' over terrorism

Jun. 12, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that Turkey has “legitimate concerns” over terrorism and other issues that need to be taken seriously. Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish militants and says it will not back the two...

NATO Chief: Turkey has "legitimate concerns" over terrorism

Jun. 12, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that Turkey has “legitimate concerns” over terrorism and other issues that need to be taken seriously. Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish militants and says it will not back the two...