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Sweden moves closer to NATO, lifts arms embargo on Turkey

Sep. 30, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Would-be NATO member Sweden on Friday announced it will allow exports of arms to Turkey, which had threatened to block the Scandinavian nation’s application to join the 30-member defense alliance. The decision means that Sweden, which has sought NATO membership...

Finnish border closed to Russians with tourist visas

Sep. 30, 2022 05:39 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland's border with Russia was closed to Russians with tourist visas Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine. Long...

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Sep. 30, 2022 00:26 AM EDT

KIYV, Ukraine (AP) — UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote for Friday afternoon on a resolution that would condemn Russia for its “illegal so-called referenda” in four Ukrainian regions and declare that they “have no validity.” The U.S.- and...

NATO believes Baltic Sea gas pipeline leaks were sabotage

Sep. 29, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The NATO military alliance warned Thursday it would retaliate for any attacks on the critical infrastructure of its 30 member countries and joined other Western officials in citing sabotage as the likely cause of damage to two natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. ...

Finland bans entry to Russian tourists starting at midnight

Sep. 29, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Finland announced it would ban Russian citizens with tourist visas from entering the country starting Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin's war in...

Russia opens more border draft offices amid call-up exodus

Sep. 29, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

Russian authorities are opening more military enlistment offices near Russia's borders in an apparent effort to intercept some of the Russian men of fighting age who are trying to flee the country by land to avoid getting called up to fight in Ukraine. A new draft office opened at...

Finland says it will ban most Russian tourists from entering the country, starting Friday

Sep. 29, 2022 06:34 AM EDT
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Finland says it will ban most Russian tourists from entering the country, starting Friday.

Agency: joining NATO makes Finland target for Russian ops

Sep. 29, 2022 05:12 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s future NATO membership will make the Nordic country a more interesting target for Russian intelligence and influencing operations, and Moscow may seek to acquire NATO-related intelligence through its neighbor, the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service said on...

Over 194,000 Russians flee call-up to neighboring countries

Sep. 27, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — It took Vsevolod four days to drive from Moscow to Russia's southern border with Georgia. He had to abandon his car at one point and continue on foot. On Tuesday, he finally finished his 1,800-kilometer (1,100-mile) journey and crossed the frontier to escape...

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a...