Turkey votes to clear Sweden and Finland to join NATO after they change stance on Kurdish rebels

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Sweden and Finland are CLEARED to join NATO after negotiations with Turkey and ahead of Biden’s meeting with Erdogan on Wednesday
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the deal on Tuesday evening ahead of President Joe Biden’s scheduled meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • Erdogan objected to Finland and Sweden’s application to join because he wants them to change their stance on Kurdish rebel groups that Turkey considers terrorists.
  • Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said earlier Tuesday that the U.S. believes Finland and Sweden have taken ‘significant steps forward in terms of addressing Turkey’s concerns.

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WWIII looms as U.S. declares support for Lithuania; Russia vows retaliation

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • The West rises against Putin: Finland warns Russia it is ready to fight them and US declares NATO’s ‘ironclad’ support for Lithuania as Moscow’s fury grows over Kaliningrad blockade
  • Finland’s armed forces chief said the country has been preparing for war against Russia for decades
  • Lithuania blocked goods sanctioned by the EU from reaching the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad
  • US said it would defend fellow NATO member Lithuania if Russia launched attack
  • Russia vowed to retaliate with measures that ‘will have a serious negative impact on the Lithuanian population’ after country blocked coal and metals from Russia

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Turkey taking Russia’s side in possible Veto of NATO membership for Finland and Sweden

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • ‘The stakes here are now massive’: Turkey is threatening to block NATO membership for Sweden and Finland
  • Turkey’s Erdogan has doubled down on his opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO alliance, in a move some analysts say is aimed at gaining concessions.
  • NATO ascension for a new member state requires consensus approval from all existing members.
  • Turkey, which joined the alliance in 1952, is a crucial player in NATO, boasting the second-largest military in the 30-member group after the United States.

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Russia moving mobile missiles to Finland border

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • BORDERING ON WAR Russia ‘deploys nuke missiles’ to border with Finland in chilling threat over country’s NATO bid
  • Menacing mobile Iskander missiles were spotted being transported towards the dividing line
  • The Russian despot had warned Finland and Sweden that joining the Western alliance would be a “mistake”
  • Moscow has made it clear they will suffer the consequences of joining NATO, boasting they could wipe out Finland in “ten seconds”.
  • Also Putin has warned of a “lightning fast” retaliation if the West directly intervenes in the Ukraine conflict.
  • US President Joe Biden held a joint call with Finland’s leaders on Friday to support their NATO application — although Turkey has warned it may veto the move.

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Finland pushes forward to join NATO as Russia declares it would make Europe more unstable

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russian state TV warns of ‘a new iron curtain’ in furious response to Finland after Helsinki declared it wants to join NATO ‘without delay’ in the wake of Putin’s Ukraine invasion
  • This morning, President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said they want to join the security alliance ‘without delay’, with Sweden set to follow suit within days, drastically ramping up tensions between Russia and the West.
  • They said joining the security pact would ‘strengthen Finland’s security’
  • Russia today said it would be ‘forced to take retaliatory steps’ against the ‘threat’
  • Russian state TV has accused the US of erecting a ‘new iron curtain’ in Europe in a furious response to Finland announcing its intention to join NATO.
  • Meanwhile Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the move was ‘definitely’ a threat to Russia and warned it would make Europe more unstable.

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Decision on Finland and Sweden joining NATO this week

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland, Sweden this week
  • To join or not to join? The NATO question is coming to a head this week in Finland and Sweden where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shattered the long-held belief that remaining outside the military alliance was the best way to avoid trouble with their giant neighbor.
  • NATO membership was never seriously considered in Stockholm and Helsinki until Russian forces attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24. Virtually overnight, the conversation in both capitals shifted from “Why should we join?” to “How long does it take?”
  • If Finland and Sweden join the alliance, Russia would find itself completely surrounded by NATO countries in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic.
  • The Kremlin has warned of “military and political repercussions” if the Swedes and Finns decide to join NATO.
  • Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president who is deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, said last month it would force Moscow to strengthen its military presence in the Baltic region.

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Support in Finland is growing to join NATO, as Russia’s invasion carries on

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • As Finland considers NATO membership, citizens mobilize for an invasion by Russia
  • The relationship has grown increasingly tense since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago. For the first time, Finland is considering seeking membership in NATO, prompting threats of retaliation from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Military readiness is ingrained in the culture of this country of 5.5 million people that shares an 833-mile border and a long, complicated history with Russia.
  • When the Finnish Reservists’ Assn. recently announced wartime defense courses for civilian women in the southern town of Haemeenlinna, the 400 slots filled almost immediately, with a waiting list of 500 more.
  • Topics will include shooting, cybersecurity and how to manage the first several days of an invasion from abroad.
  • The Defense Ministry released a statement Thursday saying it “urgently” wants to change its policy to allow civilians who enroll in the shooting courses to use military weapons and ammunition, with supervision from the army.

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If Sweden, Finland join NATO the Baltic Region would no longer be Nuclear Free Russia warns

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia threatens new nuclear deployments if Sweden, Finland join NATO
  • Russia says a nuclear-free Baltic region would no longer be possible if Finland and Sweden join NATO, alluding to additional nuclear deployments in Europe.
  • The comments come a day after Finland and Sweden said their decision on whether to apply for NATO membership would come within a matter of weeks.
  • Sweden and Finland are members of the EU, but not NATO, and the latter shares an 830-mile border with Russia
  • Russia has long warned against any enlargement of NATO, reportedly accusing the alliance of being “a tool geared towards confrontation.” Ahead of its invasion of Ukraine, it demanded that the organization, which was created in 1949 in response to the threat posed by the Soviet Union, return to its pre-1997 borders — something the U.S. and NATO refused.

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Sweden and Finland gain support to join NATO

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Ukraine War: Russia warns Sweden and Finland against NATO membership
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “the alliance remains a tool geared towards confrontation”.
  • Before it launched its invasion, Russia demanded that the alliance agree to halt any future enlargement, but the war has led to the deployment of more NATO troops on its eastern flank and a rise in public support for Swedish and Finnish membership.
  • Last week Mr. Peskov said that Russia would have to “rebalance the situation” with its own measures were Sweden and Finland to join Nato.
  • Washington is believed to support the move which would see the Western alliance grow to 32 members. US State Department officials said last week that discussions had taken place between Nato leaders and foreign ministers from Helsinki and Stockholm.

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Finland, Sweden Consider Joining NATO – Moscow Warns It Would be Forced to Take Action

Important Takeaways:

  • Finland, Sweden brush off Moscow’s warning on joining NATO
  • A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry Friday voiced concern about what it described as efforts by the United States and some of its allies to “drag” Finland and Sweden into NATO and warned that Moscow would be forced to take retaliatory measures if they join the alliance.
  • Finland has a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) land border with Russia — the longest border shared by any European Union member state and Russia.
  • Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Saturday that “we’ve heard this before.”
  • In Sweden, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson addressed Moscow’s statement in a joint news conference Friday with Sweden’s military commander Micael Byden.
  • “I want to be extremely clear. It is Sweden that itself and independently decides on our security policy line,” Andersson said.

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