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Biden administration supports potential F-16 jet sale to Turkey

The Biden administration threw its support on Wednesday behind the potential sale of US F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, a day after Ankara lifted a veto of NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary for Defense for International Security Affairs at Pentagon, told reporters on a call that strong Turkish defense capabilities […]

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Turkey lifts veto on Finland, Sweden joining NATO

NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the Western alliance on Tuesday after the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security, ending a weeks-long drama that tested allied unity against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The breakthrough came after four hours of talks just before a NATO summit began […]

Finland and Sweden to continue NATO talks with Turkey

Finland and Sweden said on Wednesday they would continue a dialogue with Turkey over their bids for NATO membership, but did not say whether there had been progress on overcoming Ankara’s objections to their joining the military alliance. The Nordic neighbours applied to join NATO last month in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but […]

Magdalena Andersson, prime minister of Sweden, said her government did not want permanent NATO military bases on its territory

Sweden seeks to overcome Turkish objections to NATO bid

Sweden is formally applying for NATO membership, prime minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday. “The government has decided to inform NATO that Sweden wants to be accepted as a member of NATO,” Andersson told reporters, adding that the application could be handed in on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. It will be synchronised with Finland’s request […]