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.

US ‘committed to advancing the security of Greece’

The US Congress and the Biden administration remain “committed to advancing the security of Greece,” the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi tells Kathimerini ahead of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to Washington, DC, where he is expected to meet with the American president in the White House on Monday and to address a Joint Session of the two Houses of Congress on Tuesday.

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.

A cornered rat is very dangerous indeed

Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been eager to share an instructive story from his childhood, about how, when he was growing up in poverty in Soviet Leningrad, he used to spend his days chasing rats.

Disquiet in Nicosia over NATO and sanctions talk

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades says Nicosia will implement only targeted measures against Russia while talk of the island joining NATO is premature, citing Ankara that appeared to be pumping the brakes on western alliance expansion over hostility from current member Greece and two likely Nordic applicants.

Pillar of dynamism in the Eastern Mediterranean

One of the first times US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey R. Pyatt publicly mentioned Greece as “a pillar of stability” was autumn of 2017 at the University of Macedonia in front of a group of my students at the Department of International Relations and European Studies.

How can Europe get gas if Russia’s supply is disrupted?

Pressure on Europe to secure alternative gas supplies increased on Thursday as Moscow imposed sanctions on European subsidiaries of state-owned Gazprom a day after Ukraine stopped a major gas transit route, pushing prices higher.

North Macedonia: US leads exercise in NATO’s newest member

US troops joined forces from Britain, France, Italy and allied countries in the region Thursday in a military exercise held in NATO’s newest member, North Macedonia, aimed at displaying deployment readiness along the alliance’s eastern borders.