Lithuania and NATO say they see no signs that Russia is preparing for military action as part of its threatened retaliation for what Moscow describes as Europe’s “blockade” of Kaliningrad. A military strike on Lithuania would put Russia in direct confrontation with the American-led alliance and escalate the war in Ukraine into a broader and far more dangerous conflict. Nerves are on edge following a warning last week by Nikolai P.
Erdogan blames Mr. Gulen, who lives in the United States, for a failed coup attempt against him in 2016. Turkey wants both Finland and Sweden to strengthen their antiterrorism laws; to extradite particular people, including some Kurdish journalists; and to eliminate an informal embargo on arms sales to Turkey, imposed after its military intervention in northern Syria in 2019. Turkey’s greatest concern, Sweden’s foreign minister told the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on her way to Madrid on Tuesday, is over the “very, very many” terrorist attacks Turkey has endured. “We are taking this concern seriously, and in a few days’ time the toughest tightening of terrorist legislation in Sweden in 30 years will take place, ” with new legislation in effect as of Friday, the minister, Ann Linde, said. Both Finland and Sweden have also eased a ban on arms sales to Turkey, one of Ankara’s demands.
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The scale of ambition of the price-cap effort is daunting, to get enough countries to agree to it to make it effective, and perhaps force Mr. Putin to accept the deal. And the details are far from settled. But the idea is that the West, which controls much of the means and financing that Russia currently needs to ship its oil, would assemble a coalition of oil buyers and private companies that would essentially give Moscow an ultimatum: sell your oil at a steep discount, or don’t sell it at all. There are many risks to the plan.
That has in the past taken up to a year, but is expected to be much quicker for the Nordic countries. The U. S. Senate is already pressing ahead with hearings on the application and Mr. Biden has been a firm proponent of the new members. Johanna Lemola contributed reporting from Helsinki, Finland. ImageCredit... Violeta Santos Moura/ReutersA diplomatic dispute that had blocked Finland and Sweden from joining NATO was resolved on Tuesday, when the alliance’s secretary general announced that Turkey had agreed to lift its veto on the membership applications of the two Nordic countries following three hours of talks. If Finland and Sweden join NATO, it would mark one of the most significant expansions of the alliance in decades at a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has radically altered Europe’s security calculus.
There will also be a quick study of their defense capacities and needs. But the talks are expected to be routine, since both countries are NATO partners and have exercised together with NATO allies. The more difficult last step requires the legislatures of all 30 current members to vote to amend the NATO founding treaty to accept the new members.
Perhaps the most elemental is that the countries will set the wrong cap for the price. If it is too low, Moscow could choose to cap oil wells, restrict production, and send global prices even higher. Burhan Ozbilici/Associated PressPresident Biden will meet face-to-face with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the sidelines of this week’s NATO summit in Madrid at which leaders will discuss the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the American leader’s national security adviser said on Tuesday. The summit will also include discussion on how to persuade Mr.
Erdogan to remove his effective veto over the applications of Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, a matter that would inevitably have to involve Mr. Biden. The two leaders also spoke by telephone on Tuesday, the White House said, and Mr. Erdogan is expected to meet the leaders of Finland and Sweden in Madrid on Tuesday. Officials from Turkey, Finland and Sweden also met at NATO headquarters on Monday to continue talks. Biden formally endorsed the two Nordic countries’ applications to join NATO in May. Erdogan has made numerous demands on the two Nordic countries, mostly centering on nationalist issues with domestic impact, such as Kurdish separatism and terrorism and the extradition of some followers of an exiled opposition leader, Fethullah Gulen.
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and European members, joined by Ukraine, issued their own statement and “strongly condemned the intensification of Russian missile strikes” on Ukrainian territory. deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Mills, said the attack fit into Russia’s “cruel pattern” of targeting civilians and destroying civilian infrastructures. He said the evidence of war crimes was “mounting, and it cannot be ignored.
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