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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...

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...

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...

NATO holds Baltic Sea naval exercises with Finland, Sweden

Jun. 05, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO kicked off nearly a two-week U.S.-led naval exercise on the Baltic Sea on Sunday with more than 7,000 sailors, airmen and marines from 16 nations, including two aspiring to join the military alliance, Finland and Sweden. The annual BALTOPS naval exercise,...

Turkey demands 'concrete steps' to back Nordics' NATO bids

May. 25, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior Turkish official insisted after talks with Swedish and Finnish officials Wednesday that Turkey would not agree to the two Nordic countries joining NATO unless specific steps are taken to address Ankara's objections. “We have made it very clear that...

Russia cuts off gas exports to Finland in symbolic move

May. 21, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russia halted gas exports to neighboring Finland on Saturday, a highly symbolic move that came just days after the Nordic country announced it wanted to join NATO and marked a likely end to Finland's nearly 50 years of importing natural gas from Russia. The measure...

Russia to cut Finland's natural gas in latest energy clash

May. 20, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russia will cut off natural gas to Finland after the Nordic country that applied for NATO membership this week refused President Vladimir Putin's demand to pay in rubles, the Finnish state-owned energy company said Friday, the latest escalation over European energy amid...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 17, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman said the Russian military was holding more than 3,000 civilians from Mariupol at another former penal colony near Olenivka in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Seven buses carrying an unknown number of Ukrainian soldiers...

US edges Austria in OT, Canada routs Italy at hockey worlds

May. 15, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

TAMPERE, Finland (AP) — Luke Hughes scored with 1:57 left in overtime to complete a United States comeback from two goals down to edge Austria 3-2 at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday. Benjamin Nissner scored in the first period and Paul Huber added another early in the...