EU, NATO create coalition ‘for war’ with Russia, Lavrov says

The European Union and NATO are gathering a coalition for war against Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, commenting on the granting of EU candidacy status to Ukraine and Moldova. Speaking at a news conference in Baku following a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov, Lavrov said the situation reminds the … Read more

NATO allies should unite against common threats, Kalın tells Sullivan

Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın on Thursday held a phone call with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and emphasized the importance of unity, harmony and solidarity among NATO allies against common security and terrorist threats, according to a statement released by Ankara. The officials discussed Turkey’s role in NATO and its contributions to the alliance, … Read more

NATO to provide security assistance for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

NATO will provide security support to Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 30-member military alliance confirmed Thursday. “The support will include training against threats posed by Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) materials, which will be delivered by Slovakia and NATO’s Joint CBRN Defense Center of Excellence in the Czech Republic,” the alliance … Read more

With Ukraine-dominated agendas, 3 summits to test Western unity

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on, three consecutive summits over the next week will test Western resolve to support Kyiv and the extent of international unity amid rising geopolitical tensions and economic pain. On Thursday and Friday, European Union leaders will meet in Brussels to officially consider making Ukraine a candidate for membership. … Read more

Swedish public broadcaster SVT interviews PKK ringleader

Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) interviewed one of the PKK terrorist organization’s ringleaders, Ferhat Abdi Şahin amid debates between Stockholm and Ankara over support for terrorism. Şahin said that the PKK’s Syrian wing, the YPG, would respond to a potential military operation by Turkey into Syria’s north, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. He continued to … Read more

US acknowledges Turkey’s ‘legitimate concerns’ over NATO bids

The United States recognizes Turkey’s legitimate concerns over Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership bids and is hopeful for a “positive resolution” soon, a senior State Department official said Wednesday. Speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that discussed the proposed accession of the two Nordic nations to NATO, Karen Donfried, the assistant secretary of … Read more

Turkey doesn’t want to see Swedish weapons in PKK shelters: Altun

Turkey must be convinced that no Swedish weapons will end up in the hands of terrorists, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said Wednesday. Answering the questions of Svenska Dagbladet, one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, regarding Sweden’s NATO membership application, Altun said: “Greenlighting Sweden’s entry into NATO means we are committed to protecting the Swedish people … Read more

Zelenskyy vows to retake south, NATO warns of long war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed early yesterday that his forces “will not give away the south to anyone” after his first visit to the southern frontline, as NATO’s chief warned the war in Ukraine could last “for years.” Making a rare trip outside Kyiv, where he is based for security reasons, Zelenskyy traveled to the … Read more

‘NATO allies working actively to address Turkey’s concerns’

NATO allies take Turkey’s “legitimate concerns” related to the fight against terrorism seriously in the context of Sweden’s and Finland’s membership applications, the security bloc’s chief said Thursday, assuring that alliance members are working “actively to find a solution.” Speaking at a news conference closing a two-day meeting, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg commented on Turkey’s … Read more

NATO discusses ways to bolster forces, deterrence along east flank

NATO defense ministers on Thursday discussed ways to bolster forces and deterrence along the military alliance’s eastern borders to dissuade Russia from planning further aggression in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. The Russian invasion has led allies to rethink strategies and to agree that NATO forces should be present in greater numbers on … Read more