Will Turkey block NATO membership for Sweden and Finland?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks ahead of the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine at Dolmabahce Presidential Office in Istanbul, Turkiye on March 29, 2022. Arda Kucukkaya | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO alliance, … Read more

How could Russia react to Finland, Sweden joining NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves Red Square after the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Kirill Kudryavtsev | Afp | Getty Images With Finland and Sweden both announcing their bids to join the Western military alliance NATO, ending a decades-long history of military non-alignment, all eyes are on Russia and … Read more

U.S., Europe to improve food chains after India bans wheat exports

PARIS — The United States and the European Union are looking at how to improve food supply chains with export restrictions from India and other nations accentuating global problems, the EU’s trade chief told CNBC. G-7 foreign ministers warned over the weekend that the war in Ukraine is increasing the risk of a global hunger … Read more

Finland will apply for NATO membership, president says

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin (L) and President Sauli Niinisto. Heikki Saukkomaa | Afp | Getty Images Finland will apply for membership in NATO, the country’s president said Sunday, in a historic move for the Nordic country, which has had a decades-long policy of military neutrality. In a press conference alongside Prime Minister Sanna Marin, … Read more

Putin warns Finland NATO membership would harm relations

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his Finnish counterpart Saturday relations between the two neighbors could be “negatively affected” if Finland follows through with plans to apply for NATO membership. The Kremlin’s press service said in a statement that Putin told Sauli Niinisto that Finland’s abandonment “of its traditional policy of military neutrality … Read more

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced he’s nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration’s commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to nominate Yohannes Abraham, chief of staff to the White House National Security Council, … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates for May 12, 2022

Siemens says it is exiting Russia An outside view of Siemens central office in Moscow, Russia on July 21, 2017. German industrial giant Siemens AG says it is exiting Russia after almost 170 years. Sefa Karacan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images German industrial giant Siemens says it is exiting Russia after almost 170 years … Read more

Finland announces bid to join NATO in historic move

A French soldier takes part in a major drill as part of NATO’s EFP (Enhance forward presence) operation at the Tapa Estonian army camp near Rakvere, on February 6, 2022. Alain Jocard | Afp | Getty Images Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Thursday that the country should apply to join … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates for May 10, 2022

U.S. House passes $40 billion aid package to Ukraine Rescue workers walk past debris and carsunder ruins in front of the shopping and entertainment center in the Ukrainian Black Sea city of Odessa on May 10, 2022, destroyed after Russian missiles strike late on May 9, 2022. Oleksandr Gimanov | AFP | Getty Images The … Read more

Finland is just days away from applying for NATO membership

HELSINKI, Finland — After completing a few more steps, Finland will be ready to send its application to join the NATO military alliance, the country’s foreign affairs minister told CNBC Tuesday. The Nordic nation has been considering joining the alliance in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has … Read more