June 27, 2022

Moves to admit Finland and Sweden into NATO 'will likely drag on'

Turkey is "unlikely to simply back down on its demands" to Stockholm and Helsinki, say experts.
June 23, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: EU leaders to decide on Kyiv bid; Russia aims to turn Donbas cities into a Mariupol, Zelenskiy says – live news

Reports say missiles hit southern port city; Russian news agency says British citizens and Moroccan sentenced to death preparing appealFinland ready to fight Russian attack, says armed forces chiefBritish man facing death sentence told: ‘Time is running out’At a glance: what we know on day 120 of the invasionRussia’s Tass news agency is carrying a report that British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, alongside Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, are preparing an appeal against their death sentences.Tass quotes Pinner’s lawyer Yulia Tserkovnikova saying “my colleagues and I are preparing the full text of the appeal against the verdict in the interests of our clients.” Continue reading...
June 22, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: Finland ready to fight if attacked, says general; drone causes explosion at Russian oil refinery – live

Head of Finnish armed forces talks up nation’s military capacity; footage shows drone crashing into oil refinery inside Russia’s bordersKyiv’s EU envoy says Ukraine candidate status would send signalAt a glance: what we know on day 119 of the invasionOne of the leaders of the authorities imposed in occupied Ukraine has described the border between Russia and Ukraine as “worse than the Berlin Wall for the Germans”, according to a report from RIA Novosti.It quotes Vladimir Rogov saying:For us, the border with Russia is worse than the Berlin Wall for the Germans. According to various estimates, 60-68 per cent of the inhabitants of East Berlin and the German Democratic Republic [East Germany] had relatives in West Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany [West Germany]. In Ukraine, depending on the region, 73-85 percent residents have relatives in Russia. Accordingly, this border should not exist. Continue reading...
June 16, 2022

Could Finland break with Sweden on NATO membership?

Despite Finland's president and prime minister calling for a lock-step approach to joining NATO for Finland and Sweden, some people want to see Finland proceed on their own.
June 15, 2022

‘Justice’ for Ukraine overshadowed by cost of living concerns, polling shows

Survey across 10 European countries and UK shows respondents favouring an end to the conflict rather than holding Russia accountableRussia-Ukraine war: all the latest developmentsEurope’s unity over the war in Ukraine is at risk as public attention increasingly shifts from the battlefield to cost of living concerns, polling across 10 European countries suggests, with the divide deepening between voters who want a swift end to the conflict and those who want Russia punished.The survey in nine EU member states – Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden – plus the UK found support for Ukraine remained high, but that preoccupations have shifted to the conflict’s wider impacts. Continue reading...
June 13, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: Moscow using ‘weapons of mass destruction’, says Finland; 1,200 bodies remain unidentified, say police – live

Finland says Russia using thermobaric bombs as both sides turn to heavier weapons; hundreds of bodies, including those in mass graves, not yet identifiedMoscow’s forces destroy bridge linking two cities in eastRussia pounds Sievierodonetsk as fears grow for civiliansAt a glance: what we know on day 110 of the invasionAn industrial zone where about 500 civilians are sheltering is under heavy artillery fire from Russian forces, Reuters reported the regional governor saying. Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine that includes Sievierodonetsk, said on Facebook that Russian forces controlled about 70% of the city and fighting there was fierce. Continue reading...
June 10, 2022

Finland and Russia: a photo journey through the border zone

Finland and Russia share more than 800 miles of land border, plus the archipelago sea in the Baltic region with tens of thousands of small islands. Until now, neutrality has been part of Finland’s security policy, but now it seems certain to apply for Nato membership. Travelling through Finland, we look at the places and people who have a special relationship with their Russian neighbourAntti Kettunen, 44, runs through a slalom consisting of two orange pylons with his pistol drawn. Then, back at the starting point, he kneels behind a construction of two pallets, aims through a gap and hits the target more than eight meters away.Behind him, intently, two women and six men watch as Kettunen moves. They have all volunteered to take part in reserve exercises. Kettunen, the trainer and chairman of the reserve association, is seeing some of them today for the first time. In a patch of forest about an hour away from Helsinki, weekly shooting exercises are held with four different types of weapons. Since 24 February this year, the reservist association in Vantaa has received more than 400 new members; at the beginning of the year, the entire association counted about 1,000 members.Antti Kettunen, 44, the coach and chairman of the Vantaa Reservists Association. Continue reading...
June 7, 2022

Like NATO, the EU has a mutual defence clause but trust appears low

Article 42.7 is the EU's mutual defence clause yet Sweden and Finland still opted to join NATO.
June 1, 2022

Denmark votes on joining EU’s common defence policy

Danes could become last of bloc’s members to sign up as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues Russia-Ukraine war: latest updatesDenmark is voting on whether to join the EU’s common defence policy, potentially becoming the last of the bloc’s members to sign up as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to reshape Europe’s security landscape.The referendum on Wednesday, in which voters are thought likely to back the government’s proposal, follows historic applications by Denmark’s previously non-aligned Nordic neighbours, Finland and Sweden, to join Nato last month. Continue reading...
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