EXPLAINER: What is behind Turkey’s Syria incursion threats?

EXPLAINER: What is behind Turkey's Syria incursion threats?

BEIRUT (AP) — In northern Syria, residents are bracing for a new fight. With the world’s attention focused on the war in Ukraine, Turkey’s leader says he’s planning a major military operation to push back Syrian Kurdish fighters and create a long sought-after buffer zone in the border area. Tensions are high. Hardly a day … Read more

NATO: Turkey says Sweden, Finland should amend laws if needed | NATO News

NATO: Turkey says Sweden, Finland should amend laws if needed | NATO News

Ankara reiterates threat to block Nordic countries’ joining of the security alliance over alleged ‘support for terror’. Turkey’s foreign minister has said Finland and Sweden should change their laws if needed to win Ankara’s backing in their historic bid to join NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, doubling down on a threat to veto an … Read more

How to end the Ukraine war before Western allies give up

How to end the Ukraine war before Western allies give up

As Russia lays cruel siege to Severodontesk, as the death toll rises and the atrocities drag on, it’s time to ask: How does this war end, or at least reach a cease-fire? Morally, Vladimir Putin deserves to keep none of his territorial gains. That goes back to his earlier seizure of Crimea and moves into … Read more

US: Turkey’s NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed

US: Turkey's NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday he’s confident Turkey’s objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO can be overcome swiftly, possibly in time for a summit of alliance leaders at the end of next month. At a news conference in Washington with visiting Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Blinken said … Read more

US general: No need to add ground forces in Sweden, Finland

US general: No need to add ground forces in Sweden, Finland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweden and Finland’s push to join NATO won’t require adding more U.S. ground forces into either country, the U.S. general nominated to take over European Command told senators Thursday. But Army Gen. Christopher Cavoli said military exercises and occasional American troop rotations will probably increase. Cavoli, who currently serves as head of … Read more

Europe lambasted for failing to deter Putin’s war

Europe lambasted for failing to deter Putin's war

DAVOS, Switzerland — The European Union failed to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin and needs to now strike flexible alliances across the world and search for new friends, current and former leaders told CNBC on a panel at the World Economic Forum. “We are too Euro-centric on this crisis, in the sense we think this … Read more

EXPLAINER: What Turkey’s Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

EXPLAINER: What Turkey's Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Within a two-week span, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused a stir by throwing a wrench in Sweden and Finland’s historic request to join NATO, lashing out at fellow alliance member Greece and announcing plans for a new incursion into Syria. Erdogan appears to be using Turkey’s role as a mediator … Read more

Delegations from Sweden, Finland hold NATO talks in Turkey

Delegations from Sweden, Finland hold NATO talks in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Senior officials from Sweden and Finland held some five hours of talks with Turkish counterparts in Ankara on Wednesday in an effort to overcome Turkey’s strong objections to the Nordic nations’ bids to join NATO. Sweden and Finland submitted their written applications to join NATO last week. The move represents one … Read more

Will Turkey block Finland and Sweden from becoming NATO members? | Russia-Ukraine war News

Will Turkey block Finland and Sweden from becoming NATO members? | Russia-Ukraine war News

Sweden and Finland began their NATO membership application processes earlier this month, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that he opposed the move. Ankara is out of step with the rest of the alliance’s member states, which back NATO expansion as Russia’s war on Ukraine rages. Ultimately, all 30 members must vote … Read more

Why Turkey doesn’t want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

Why Turkey doesn't want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

When Finland and Sweden announced their interest in joining NATO, the two Nordic states were expected to be swiftly accepted as members of the defense alliance. But joining NATO requires consensus approval from all existing members, and Turkey – one of the group’s most strategically important and militarily powerful members – is not happy.  The … Read more