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Sweden summons Russian envoy over 'retaliation' remark

Mar. 29, 2023 07:24 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russia's ambassador Wednesday after Moscow’s diplomatic mission in Stockholm said the Scandinavian country would become a “legitimate target for Russia’s retaliatory measures” if it joined NATO. Foreign...

Hungarian parliament approves Finland’s bid to join NATO

Mar. 27, 2023 14:52 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament on Monday approved Finland’s bid to join NATO, putting an end to months of delays and bringing the Nordic country one step closer to becoming a full member of the Western military alliance. The measure, passed with 182 votes for and...

Finland's NATO membership: What's next?

Mar. 27, 2023 14:16 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has moved one step closer to joining NATO after Hungary ratified the Nordic country’s bid on Monday. A similar decision is expected in the coming weeks from Turkey, the only alliance member that hasn’t approved Finland’s membership. Still, there are...

Hungary’s parliament approves Finland’s bid to join NATO military alliance

Mar. 27, 2023 12:29 PM EDT
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament approves Finland’s bid to join NATO military alliance.

Hungary: Criticism makes it hard to cooperate with West

Mar. 25, 2023 13:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The West’s steady criticism of Hungary on democratic and cultural issues makes the small European country’s right-wing government reluctant to offer support on practical matters, specifically NATO’s buildup against Russia, Hungary’s foreign minister said. ...

Serbian right-wing opposition protests West's Kosovo plan

Mar. 24, 2023 10:07 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Supporters of Serbian right-wing opposition parties on Friday demanded that populist President Aleksandar Vucic and his government resign over a Western-backed plan for normalizing relations with neighboring Kosovo. In Belgrade, several hundred people held...

President seals Finland's NATO bid by signing required laws

Mar. 23, 2023 11:59 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Finnish president on Thursday formally sealed the Nordic country’s historic bid to join NATO by signing into law the required national legal amendments needed for membership in the Western military alliance. The move by President Sauli Niinistö means Finland...

Swedish lawmakers vote to endorse country joining NATO

Mar. 22, 2023 11:54 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish lawmakers overwhelmingly voted Wednesday in favor of Sweden joining NATO, signing off on the country's membership along with the required legislation. The 349-seat parliament authorized Sweden’s accession to NATO in a 269-37 vote, with 43...

NATO to hold Ukraine meeting despite Hungary's objections

Mar. 21, 2023 11:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he would call a high-level meeting of the military organization’s main forum for cooperation with Ukraine next month despite objections from Hungary. The NATO-Ukraine Commission hasn't met at ministerial...

1st US Army garrison on NATO's east flank formed in Poland

Mar. 21, 2023 09:46 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and U.S. officials attended a ceremony Tuesday to formally upgrade the U.S. military presence in NATO member Poland amid the war in neighboring Ukraine. There are more than 10,000 American troops stationed in the...