Finland, Sweden submit NATO membership application

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Finland, Sweden have officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Will Turkey upend NATO expansion? US officials seek clarity

With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, US officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader is and what it might take to get him to back down.

Why is Turkey wary of Nordic states’ NATO bid?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Sweden and Finland’s historic decisions to seek NATO membership, declaring that he cannot allow them to join due to their alleged support of Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara says threaten its national security.

Sweden seeks to overcome Turkish objections to its NATO bid

Sweden will start diplomatic discussions with Turkey to try to overcome Ankara’s objections to its plan to join NATO, Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said, with a formal decision to apply for membership of the 30-nation alliance expected on Monday.

Erdogan at odds with NATO, cites Greece

Ahead of the visit on Monday by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the White House, Athens is taking stock of the statements on Friday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who cited Greece to express Ankara’s disagreement over the possibility of Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

US working to clarify Erdogan’s position on Sweden, Finland NATO bid

The United States is working to clarify Turkey’s position on Sweden and Finland’s potential membership of NATO, the top US diplomat for Europe at the State Department said on Friday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara is not supportive of the two countries’ bid to join the alliance.