Tag: Tayyip

  • Niinisto: Sweden’s security OK if Finland joins NATO first

    Niinisto: Sweden’s security OK if Finland joins NATO first

    Helsinki – Sweden will not find itself in a vulnerable security situation even if Finland joins NATO first, the Finnish president said on Sunday, as both Nordic membership candidates negotiate bilateral military pacts with the United States. “It is possible that Finland will join NATO before Sweden,” Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said in an interview […]

  • Turkey’s president says he will support Finland’s NATO bid

    Turkey’s president says he will support Finland’s NATO bid

    ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his government would move forward with ratifying Finland’s NATO application, paving the way for the country to join the military bloc ahead of Sweden. The breakthrough came when Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was in Ankara to meet Erdogan. Both Finland and Sweden applied to become […]

  • The US urges Turkey to “quickly” ratify Sweden’s NATO membership

    The US urges Turkey to “quickly” ratify Sweden’s NATO membership

    Washington [US]March 18 (ANI): After Turkey approved the process to ratify Finland’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the US welcomed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision, saying the US is encouraging Ankara to “quickly ratify Sweden’s accession protocol as well”. In the statement, released by the White House, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said: […]

  • Turkey agrees to start the process for Finland’s NATO bid

    Turkey agrees to start the process for Finland’s NATO bid

    Ankara [Turkey]March 18 (ANI): Turkey approved the process to ratify Finland’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to Anadolu Agency. According to Anadolu Agency, at a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto in Ankara, President Erdogan noted that Finland has fulfilled all its security […]

  • Erdogan gives green light to NATO applicants

    Erdogan gives green light to NATO applicants

    The Turkish president said parliament will approve Finland’s membership application, while Sweden remains in limbo Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his country’s parliament will ratify Finland’s application to join the NATO bloc. Before Finland and Sweden could join the alliance, Trkiye demanded that the Nordic nations crack down on alleged Kurdish […]

  • Turkey’s Erdogan says he will support Finland’s NATO bid

    Turkey’s Erdogan says he will support Finland’s NATO bid

    © Provided by Xinhua ANKARA, March 17 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Friday to ask parliament to vote on Finland’s NATO membership, but delayed Sweden’s proposal, saying Finland has taken concrete steps to address Turkey’s security concerns. “We have observed concrete and sincere steps from Finland recently. As a result of Finland’s […]

  • Right now: Green light for Finland’s NATO membership

    Right now: Green light for Finland’s NATO membership

    Finnish President Sauli Niinistö holds a press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Finland’s NATO application. During the press conference in Ankara, President Erdogan says that Finland’s NATO application will be sent to the Turkish parliament for ratification. Listen to Ekot’s live broadcast Mike Winnerstighead of the security policy unit at FOI Mats […]

  • NATO hopeful says Ankara ready to ‘fulfill promise’

    NATO hopeful says Ankara ready to ‘fulfill promise’

    Finland expects Trkiye to give the green light to its application later this week, but Sweden’s fate remains uncertain Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Wednesday he expects a positive response on Helsinki’s membership of the US-led military bloc when he meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan later this week. Niinisto is scheduled to […]

  • NATO hopeful says Ankara is ready to fulfill promise

    NATO hopeful says Ankara is ready to fulfill promise

    Finland expects Trkiye to give the green light to its application later this week, but Sweden’s fate remains uncertain Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Wednesday he expects a positive response on Helsinki’s membership of the US-led military bloc when he meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan later this week. Niinisto is scheduled to […]

  • NATO negotiations, elections and exciting summer plans: Finland in the world press

    NATO negotiations, elections and exciting summer plans: Finland in the world press

    Sweden saw the meeting as a step forward despite Turkey’s blockade and objections. “The most important thing today is that we have gathered,” the Swedish negotiator Oscar Stenström told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Politico reported. Stenström added that the countries have agreed on further meetings. The article also discusses the alliance’s speculation about […]

  • Magdalena Andersson (S) on the resumption of NATO talks

    Magdalena Andersson (S) on the resumption of NATO talks

    Talks about Sweden’s and Finland’s membership in NATO resume today when representatives of Turkey, Sweden and Finland meet in Brussels. The person who has so far said no to Sweden’s application is Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan. Hear Magdalena Andersson, party leader of the Social Democrats, about what it is like to negotiate with the Turkish […]

  • The tactics that make Erdogan a feared negotiator

    The tactics that make Erdogan a feared negotiator

    Sveriges Radio’s Turkey correspondent Johan Mathias Sommarström tells how President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does to win negotiations. Erdogan is known as a tough negotiator. But at the same time, you can never count him out – at the last moment he can completely turn around. On March 9, talks between Turkey, Sweden and Finland about […]

  • Erdogan portrait lit up in NATO-bound country media

    Erdogan portrait lit up in NATO-bound country media

    The demonstration in Helsinki was organized by pro-Kurdish ?anti-authoritarian? activists A group of protesters burned a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in front of their nation’s embassy in Helsinki over the weekend, Finnish media reported on Wednesday. Four people ended up being arrested during what turned out to be a chaotic incident, the […]

  • Portrait of Erdogan burned in Finland in front of NATO voice media

    Portrait of Erdogan burned in Finland in front of NATO voice media

    The demonstration in Helsinki was organized by pro-Kurdish ?anti-authoritarian? activists A group of protesters burned a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in front of their nation’s embassy in Helsinki over the weekend, Finnish media have reported. The episode occurred amid tensions ahead of Wednesday’s vote on NATO membership. A majority of MPs passed […]

  • NATO member may delay vote on expansion

    NATO member may delay vote on expansion

    A Hungarian official has suggested lawmakers may need more time to consider bids from Sweden and Finland to join the bloc Hungary, one of only two NATO members yet to formally approve bids from Sweden and Finland to join the western military bloc, may need more time than expected for its lawmakers to vote on […]

  • NATO chief sees ‘some signs’ China may support Russia’s war

    NATO chief sees ‘some signs’ China may support Russia’s war

    Warsaw, Poland – NATO’s chief said on Wednesday that the military alliance has seen “some signs” that China may be planning to support Russia in its war in Ukraine, and he strongly urged Beijing to refrain from what would be a violation of international law. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also told The Associated Press […]

  • President Niinistö: Finland and Sweden want to join NATO “as soon as possible”

    President Niinistö: Finland and Sweden want to join NATO “as soon as possible”

    Without naming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Finnish president said that there can only be one man in the world who knows Turkey’s plans in the matter.

  • Fighter jets, earthquakes, NATO efforts: Are US-Turkish ties on the mend

    Fighter jets, earthquakes, NATO efforts: Are US-Turkish ties on the mend

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Monday came in the wake of the devastating earthquakes that have shattered the Turkish leader’s projection of his country as a regional hegemon. With Turkey turning into a recipient of generous US humanitarian aid, will Ankara play the role of […]

  • Blinken calls for NATO expansion during the visit to Turkey

    Blinken calls for NATO expansion during the visit to Turkey

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a visit to Ankara on Monday that the Biden administration supports the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. He also expressed confidence that both Sweden and Finland will soon join the NATO alliance. The US Congress must approve the $20 billion sale of F-16s, which includes […]

  • Blinken supports NATO expansion, fighter jet sales in Turkey visit

    Blinken supports NATO expansion, fighter jet sales in Turkey visit

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration supports the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, and expressed confidence that both Sweden and Finland will soon join the NATO alliance, as he visited Ankara for talks with Turkish leaders on the Monday. The US Congress must approve the $20 billion sale of […]

  • US Sends Another $100 Million in Earthquake Aid to Turkey, Syria

    US Sends Another $100 Million in Earthquake Aid to Turkey, Syria

    The United States is sending an additional $100 million in humanitarian aid to Turkey and Syria to help the two countries cope with the devastating earthquake that has killed more than 46,000 people and left millions homeless. The new aid brings total US assistance to $185 million and will be given to international and non-governmental […]

  • Chang Frick: “I think the useful idiot is Ulf Kristersson”

    Chang Frick: “I think the useful idiot is Ulf Kristersson”

    Since 2014, Chang Frick runs the immigration-critical news site Nyheter Idag and is the most well-known profile in the so-called alternative media world. He has a background as a Swedish Democratic municipal politician in Kristianstad. He is interviewed by Johar Bendjelloul. Recently, it has not been his publications that have been in focus, but his […]

  • Türkiye may evaluate Finland, Sweden NATO bid separately: Turkish FM

    ANKARA, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s foreign minister reiterated Thursday that his country may evaluate Finland’s and Sweden’s bids to join NATO separately. “We could evaluate Finland’s NATO membership process separately from Sweden,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Turkish capital, Ankara. “Türkiye’s position on […]

  • Swedish Prime Minister issues update on NATO’s future prospects

    Swedish Prime Minister issues update on NATO’s future prospects

    Stockholm has indicated that it is willing to abandon its goal of synchronizing the connection with Finland Sweden may be forced to abandon its plan to join NATO alongside Finland and instead become part of the military bloc at a later date, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has admitted. Sweden’s Prime Minister claimed that such a […]

  • Sweden’s Prime Minister updates on NATO’s future prospects

    Sweden’s Prime Minister updates on NATO’s future prospects

    Stockholm has indicated that it is willing to abandon its goal of synchronizing the connection with Finland Sweden may be forced to abandon its plan to join NATO alongside Finland and instead become part of the military alliance at a later date, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has admitted. Sweden’s Prime Minister claimed that such a […]

  • Live: Moldova closes airspace a day after warning of Russian plot

    Live: Moldova closes airspace a day after warning of Russian plot

    Moldova temporarily closed its airspace on Tuesday, a day after the small eastern European country’s president claimed Russia was plotting to topple his government – a charge denied by Moscow. The move comes as NATO defense ministers gathered for talks on how to increase their military support to Ukraine. Follow FRANCE 24 for live updates. […]

  • Live: EU adds Russia to its blacklist of tax havens

    Live: EU adds Russia to its blacklist of tax havens

    The European Union added Russia to its blacklist of tax havens, part of a series of economic measures taken against Moscow since its invasion of Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters it was more important that applications from Finland and Sweden to join NATO be ratified quickly than together as the alliance’s defense […]

  • NATO aspiring to abandon neighbor – media

    NATO aspiring to abandon neighbor – media

    When Trkiye blocks Swedish access, Finnish media reports that Helsinki can proceed on its own After declaring that Finland and Sweden would join NATO, the Finnish government is now preparing to leave its neighbor behind, Iltalehti daily reported on Monday, citing insider sources. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto summoned the leaders of political parties to his […]

  • NATO aspirant abandons neighbor – media

    NATO aspirant abandons neighbor – media

    When Trkiye blocks Swedish access, Finnish media reports that Helsinki can proceed on its own After declaring that Finland and Sweden would join NATO together, the Finnish government is now preparing to leave its neighbor behind, Iltalehti daily reported on Monday, citing insider sources. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto summoned the leaders of political parties to […]

  • Finland’s president talks about the chances of NATO’s bid without Sweden

    Finland’s president talks about the chances of NATO’s bid without Sweden

    The idea of ​​separate bids reportedly arose out of a diplomatic spat with Trkiye Helsinki remains determined to join NATO alongside Stockholm, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has said. The two Nordic countries applied simultaneously, but due to the differences in their relations with alliance member Trkiye, their bids may be viewed separately by Ankara. “We […]

  • Finland’s president comments on NATO’s bid without Sweden

    Finland’s president comments on NATO’s bid without Sweden

    The idea of ​​separate bids reportedly arose out of a diplomatic spat with Trkiye Helsinki remains determined to join NATO alongside Stockholm, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has said. The two Nordic countries applied simultaneously, but due to the differences in their relations with alliance member Trkiye, their bids may be viewed separately by Ankara. “We […]

  • Sweden bans protest against Koran burning

    Sweden bans protest against Koran burning

    Trkiye has said it may block Stockholm’s NATO application over the desecration of the Islamic holy book Swedish police have denied anti-Islam activists permission to burn the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy, ​​citing an increase in terror threats following a similar act last month. Ankara threatened to block Sweden’s application for NATO membership […]

  • Niinistö on NATO membership: “If not before Vilnius, why after?”

    Niinistö on NATO membership: “If not before Vilnius, why after?”

    “If not before Vilnius, why after,” he remarked interview for STT. Both Finland and Sweden heard several encouraging statements about a smooth accession process last spring, he reminded, but the process has turned out to be very different. The bumpy road has not only caused headaches for the two aspiring member states. “I see that […]

  • Turkey’s trauma becomes Erdoğan’s fate test

    Turkey’s trauma becomes Erdoğan’s fate test

    Turkey’s president has declared seven days of national mourning following the earthquake in the early morning of February 6. Although the extent is not yet fully known, it is clear that what happened is a historical disaster and a national trauma for Turkey. Few things test a country’s structures and leaders like a natural disaster. […]

  • Haavisto: Finland has the patience to wait for NATO accession

    Haavisto: Finland has the patience to wait for NATO accession

    According to Haavisto, attitudes towards Finns’ membership application have “advanced” in Turkey. The Turkish media reported about a week ago that Turkey has suspended its ratification negotiations with Finland and Sweden. At the time, Haavisto estimated that the negotiations would probably be on hold for a few weeks. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced […]

  • Right now: Finland’s foreign minister is holding a press conference about the NATO process

    Right now: Finland’s foreign minister is holding a press conference about the NATO process

    Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto is holding a press conference on the Finnish NATO process on Monday afternoon. On Sunday, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opened up to admitting Finland, but not Sweden, into NATO. Listen to Ekot’s live broadcast with political reporter Mats Eriksson and Sveriges Radio Finska’s news director Riitta Niemi.

  • Haavisto: Finland and Sweden continue their journey to NATO

    Haavisto: Finland and Sweden continue their journey to NATO

    Last week, Turkey broke off tripartite talks on Finland’s and Sweden’s membership applications in response to the burning of a Koran outside its embassy in Stockholm. Rasmus Paluda, a Danish-Swedish far-right decision-maker. Helsingin sanomat newspaper was revealed Last week, the decision-maker received support for his protest Chang Fricka Swedish journalist who has collaborated with an […]

  • 456: The government’s first 100 days

    456: The government’s first 100 days

    The right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan’s Koran burning angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who blocked Sweden’s path into NATO even more. How does Prime Minister Kristersson intend to navigate this storm, and could it even be that NATO membership slips out of his hands? At the same time, the government is celebrating 100 days in […]

  • Finland and Sweden are still striving for NATO together, Haavisto assures

    Finland and Sweden are still striving for NATO together, Haavisto assures

    “Together with Billström, we have decided that despite all these objections, Finland and Sweden will continue their joint journey to NATO. We are working together to take action so that both countries can have their membership ratified and we will become NATO members at the same time, he said. quoted saying YLE in Parliament. He […]

  • Finland can reassess NATO’s bid Foreign Minister

    Finland can reassess NATO’s bid Foreign Minister

    The country can imagine joining the alliance without fellow candidate Sweden, said Pekka Haavisto Sweden’s recent difficulties in obtaining Turkey’s consent to join NATO may cause Finland to seek only accession to the US-led military alliance, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has indicated. Helsinki and Stockholm submitted their applications for NATO membership together and would […]

  • Turkey’s president says no support for Sweden’s NATO bid

    Turkey’s president says no support for Sweden’s NATO bid

    ISTANBUL – Turkey’s president cast serious doubt on NATO expansion on Monday after warning Sweden not to expect support for its bid to join the military alliance following weekend protests in Stockholm by anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Rasmus Paludan’s protest against the Koran on Saturday, saying it was an […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Roundup at 2200 GMT, 23 January

    ANKARA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden on Monday that it should not expect Turkey’s support to join NATO after the Koran was burned outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. “Those who allow such shameful acts in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm cannot expect good news from us about NATO membership,” […]

  • Dutch activist goes ahead with Koran-destroying spree

    Dutch activist goes ahead with Koran-destroying spree

    Edwin Wagensveld was not arrested after agreeing not to burn the Islamic holy book Edwin Wagensveld, head of the anti-Islamic group Pegida, tore down a copy of the Koran in front of the Netherlands’ House of Representatives on Sunday in The Hague, echoing a recent stunt outside the Turkish embassy in Sweden that outraged the […]

  • Trkiye rules out support for NATO’s hopeful bid

    Trkiye rules out support for NATO’s hopeful bid

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rebuked Sweden for allowing a Koran-burning stunt and denied the country’s lack of ?respect? Turkey’s on-again, off-again support for Sweden’s application to join NATO has apparently ended for good due to Ankara’s outrage over a Koran-burning demonstration allowed outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. “The Swedish administration should not bother […]

  • Pegida leader moves ahead with Koran-destroying spree

    Pegida leader moves ahead with Koran-destroying spree

    Edwin Wagensveld was not arrested after agreeing not to burn the Islamic holy book Edwin Wagensveld, head of the anti-Islamic group Pegida, tore down a copy of the Koran in front of the Netherlands’ House of Representatives on Sunday in The Hague, echoing a recent stunt outside the Turkish embassy in Sweden that outraged the […]

  • The Pegida leader continues his Koran-destroying spree

    The Pegida leader continues his Koran-destroying spree

    Edwin Wagensveld was not arrested after agreeing not to burn the Muslim holy book Edwin Wagensveld, head of the anti-Islamic group Pegida, tore down a copy of the Koran in front of the Netherlands’ House of Representatives on Sunday in The Hague, echoing a recent stunt outside the Turkish embassy in Sweden that outraged the […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a “direct hate crime” in violation of an agreement to join NATO Trkiye has accused Sweden of not fulfilling its obligations to crack down on “terrorist” groups and exterminate theirs “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat comes after […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a ?direct hate crime? in violation of an agreement to join NATO Türkiye has accused Sweden of failing to meet its obligations to crack down on “terrorist groups” and root out their “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat […]

  • Turkish activists set fire to the Swedish flag (VIDEO)

    Turkish activists set fire to the Swedish flag (VIDEO)

    The protest broke out in response to the burning of the Koran in Stockholm Protesters set a Swedish flag on fire in Istanbul on Saturday in response to an anti-Islam activist burning a copy of the Koran in public near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. The incident took place amid a diplomatic spat between Turkey […]

  • Turkish activists set fire to the Swedish flag

    Turkish activists set fire to the Swedish flag

    The protest broke out in response to the burning of the Koran in Stockholm Protesters set a Swedish flag on fire in Istanbul on Saturday in response to an anti-Islam activist burning a copy of the Koran in public near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. The incident took place amid a diplomatic spat between Turkey […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a “direct hate crime” in violation of an agreement to join NATO Trkiye has accused Sweden of not fulfilling its obligations to crack down on “terrorist” groups and exterminate theirs “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat comes after […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a ?direct hate crime? in violation of an agreement to join NATO Türkiye has accused Sweden of failing to meet its obligations to crack down on “terrorist groups” and root out their “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat […]

  • Turkey questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Turkey questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Sweden has been accused by Turkey of not fulfilling its obligations to crack down on “terrorist groups” and weed out their “propaganda” under an agreement signed in exchange for Ankara’s approval to join NATO. – World news – The latest diplomatic spat comes after an anti-Islam activist was allowed to burn a […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a ?direct hate crime? in violation of an agreement to join NATO Türkiye has accused Sweden of failing to meet its obligations to crack down on “terrorist groups” and root out their “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a “direct hate crime” in violation of an agreement to join NATO Trkiye has accused Sweden of not fulfilling its obligations to crack down on “terrorist” groups and exterminate theirs “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat comes after […]

  • Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    The move comes after a picture of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung in the Swedish capital Ankara has canceled the planned visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson, his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, revealed on Saturday. The move comes after members of the Kurdish community held an anti-Turkish protest in Stockholm. “At this point, […]

  • Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    The move comes after a picture of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung in the Swedish capital Ankara has canceled the planned visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson, his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, revealed on Saturday. The move comes after members of the Kurdish community held an anti-Turkish protest in Stockholm. “At this point, […]

  • Trkiye cancels visit of defense minister from NATO hopeful

    Trkiye cancels visit of defense minister from NATO hopeful

    The move comes after a picture of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung in the Swedish capital Ankara has canceled the planned visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson, his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, revealed on Saturday. The move comes after members of the Kurdish community held an anti-Turkish protest in Stockholm. “At this point, […]

  • Sweden gives the green light outside the Turkish embassy

    Sweden gives the green light outside the Turkish embassy

    The new diplomatic spat comes as Stockholm awaits Ankara’s blessing to join NATO Police in Sweden have said they will allow the leader of a hard-right party to burn a copy of the Koran near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, reportedly prompting Ankara to summon its Swedish envoy over the “provocative act”. Anti-Islam activist Rasmus […]

  • No German decision on tanks for Ukraine despite mounting pressure

    No German decision on tanks for Ukraine despite mounting pressure

    Germany said Friday that no decision had been made on providing battle tanks sought by Kyiv, despite an emotional plea from President Volodymyr Zelensky. Western defence ministers gathered at Ramstein Air Base in Germany for a crucial US-led meeting to hammer out future military aid to Ukraine. Read our live blog to see how all […]

  • 455: Erdogan’s power over Swedish politicians

    455: Erdogan’s power over Swedish politicians

    Sweden will deliver the Archer artillery system, combat vehicle 90 and anti-tank robot NLAW to Ukraine. The government announced this at a press conference on Thursday. How important was this to Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson given the attacks on the previous government for tardiness? At the same time, a freedom of expression debate is ongoing […]

  • Trkiye denies the connection between the F-16 agreement and Nordic NATO bids

    Trkiye denies the connection between the F-16 agreement and Nordic NATO bids

    Ankara hopes to buy 40 new Lockheed-produced jets, but the deal has opponents in Washington Turkey’s proposed purchase of F-16 fighter jets from the US and its gatekeeping for NATO as Finland and Sweden seek to join the US-led military bloc are “not related,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has insisted. The arms sale would […]

  • NATO allies US, Turkey Trying to mend fences but cracks remain

    NATO allies US, Turkey Trying to mend fences but cracks remain

    WASHINGTON – The United States and Turkey tried on Wednesday to iron out differences that have strained relations for years but failed to report progress in resolving differences over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and NATO expansion that have strained ties between the allies. At a meeting in Washington, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and visiting Turkish […]

  • F-16 deal dependent on Turkey’s support for NATO expansion, Syria

    F-16 deal dependent on Turkey’s support for NATO expansion, Syria

    Washington – Turkey’s request for F-16 fighter jets from the US and the possibility of another Turkish military operation in northern Syria are expected to top the agenda during talks in Washington when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with Foreign Minister Antony Blinken on Wednesday. Analysts say any F-16 deal would be tied to […]

  • Sweden’s refusal to investigate Erdogan’s doll incident ‘absurd’: Turkish FM

    ANKARA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Tuesday claimed as “absurd” a Swedish prosecutor’s decision not to investigate a protest in Stockholm where the effigy of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was hung. “The decision by the (Swedish) prosecutor’s office not to investigate the incident is extremely absurd, and we all know what the […]

  • Sweden, Finland must send “terrorists” to Turkey for NATO bidding

    Sweden, Finland must send “terrorists” to Turkey for NATO bidding

    ankara, turkey – Sweden and Finland must deport or extradite up to 130 “terrorists” to Turkey before the Turkish parliament will approve their bid to join NATO, President Tayyip Erdogan said. The two Nordic states applied last year to join NATO after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but their bid must be approved by all 30 […]

  • Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    While Stockholm says it is in a “good position” for accession, Ankara is less enthusiastic Top Swedish and Turkish officials have made contradictory statements about negotiations to unblock Stockholm’s NATO bid. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson told reporters on Monday that the country was in a “very good position” – hours after Turkish President Recep […]

  • Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    While Stockholm says it is in a “good position” for accession, Ankara is less enthusiastic Top Swedish and Turkish officials have made contradictory statements about negotiations to unblock Stockholm’s NATO bid. Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson told reporters on Monday that the country was in a “very good location” – hours after Turkish President Recep […]

  • Monday’s papers: Conditions in Turkey, police confrontation and well-educated foreigners

    Monday’s papers: Conditions in Turkey, police confrontation and well-educated foreigners

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan demanded that Finland and Sweden hand over 130 people that Turkey considers terrorists.

  • US senator aims to block $20 billion deal with NATO member

    US senator aims to block $20 billion deal with NATO member

    Bob Menendez has spoken out against selling F-16 fighter jets to Trkiye, saying Ankara must act as a “reliable ally” Plans by President Joe Biden’s administration to approve a $20 billion sale of US-made F-16 fighter jets to Turkey have hit a potential roadblock, as a key member of the Senate has vowed to block […]

  • Swedish court blocks Turkish extradition request

    Swedish court blocks Turkish extradition request

    Ankara demanded the distribution of a journalist as a condition for ratifying Stockholm’s NATO membership Sweden’s Supreme Court has blocked the extradition of former Zaman Daily editor-in-chief Bulent Kenes, whom Turkey has accused of being involved in an attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016. His extradition was a key demand from Ankara […]

  • Finland describes the reasons for applying for membership in NATO

    Finland describes the reasons for applying for membership in NATO

    Moscow’s nuclear rhetoric prompted Helsinki to apply to join the US-led military bloc, Finland’s foreign minister has said. Russia allegedly “nuclear threat” amid the Ukraine conflict was the key factor spurring Finland to seek NATO membership, the country’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Sunday. Moscow has stated on numerous occasions that it has never […]

  • Finland explains the reasons for joining NATO

    Finland explains the reasons for joining NATO

    Moscow’s nuclear rhetoric prompted Helsinki to apply to join the US-led military bloc, Finland’s foreign minister has said. Russia’s alleged “nuclear threat” amid the Ukraine conflict was the key factor spurring Finland to seek NATO membership, the country’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Sunday. Moscow has stated on numerous occasions that it has never […]

  • Turkey’s operation against Kurds in Syria risks reviving the IS group

    Turkey’s operation against Kurds in Syria risks reviving the IS group

    Turkey is threatening to send group troops into northeastern Syria in retaliation for a deadly bomb in Istanbul on November 13 that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attributed to the Syrian Kurdish YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Unit). The group has firmly denied responsibility for the attack. But Erdogan now plans to escalate the offensive in the […]

  • Therefore, Erdoğan wants to invade northern Syria

    Therefore, Erdoğan wants to invade northern Syria

    On November 13, a bomb detonated on Istanbul’s main pedestrian street Istiklal and several people were killed. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the Kurdish YPG militia, which he considers to be an offshoot of the terror-labeled PKK guerrillas. But the Kurdish groups deny any involvement. After the deed, Turkey has begun bombing targets in […]

  • Swedish media angry over new spy law

    Swedish media angry over new spy law

    The legislation could result in a crackdown on freedom of expression, media representatives fear Sweden’s new espionage law poses a danger to the nation’s democracy by making investigative journalism much more difficult, some local channels and media workers have suggested. The new legislation was supported by parliament on Wednesday with demands from Trkiye that Sweden […]

  • Sweden’s Riksdag takes heat over new law

    Sweden’s Riksdag takes heat over new law

    The legislation could result in a crackdown on freedom of expression, media representatives fear Sweden’s new espionage law poses a danger to the nation’s democracy by making investigative journalism much more difficult, some local channels and media workers have suggested. The new legislation was supported by parliament on Wednesday with demands from Trkiye that Sweden […]

  • Turkey blamed the Kurdish PKK for the bombing in Istanbul

    Turkey’s interior minister has accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of being responsible for a bombing on a busy shopping street in Istanbul that killed six people and injured more than 80. On Sunday afternoon, a a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists. A suspect was arrested early Monday. “The person who planted the […]

  • 443: The petrol price – the election promise no one wants to take responsibility for

    443: The petrol price – the election promise no one wants to take responsibility for

    The new government has presented its first budget. Most of the Tidö parties’ promises are deferred to the future and none of the four parties seem really satisfied. SD won many voters in rural areas with the promise of lower petrol and diesel prices. The reduction landed at a modest 14 öre on petrol and […]

  • NATO seeks to vote on changes to appease Trkiye

    NATO seeks to vote on changes to appease Trkiye

    Proposed changes to Sweden’s constitution aim to tighten legislation against terrorism Swedish parliamentarians will next week vote on constitutional changes put forward by the government to ease Turkey’s objections to Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, the country’s parliament, the Riksdag, has said. The proposed changes would make it possible to strengthen anti-terrorism laws, including limiting […]

  • Sweden must decide on constitutional amendments to appease Turkey

    Sweden must decide on constitutional amendments to appease Turkey

    The proposed changes aim to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism laws Swedish parliamentarians will next week vote on constitutional changes put forward by the government to ease Turkey’s objections to Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, the country’s parliament, the Riksdag, has said. The proposed changes would make it possible to strengthen anti-terrorism laws, including restricting “freedom […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Brief at 2200 GMT, 8 November

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – Developed countries should fulfill their pledge to provide US$100 billion in climate finance as soon as possible and draw a roadmap to double the Adaptation Fund, China’s special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua said on Tuesday. Xie, also the special representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, made the remarks in […]

  • Sweden’s prime minister promises to meet Turkey’s demands for NATO membership

    ANKARA, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) — Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson vowed on Tuesday to meet Turkish security demands in a bid to win Turkey’s approval of his country’s application to join NATO. “We will fully implement the trilateral memorandum,” Kristersson said at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital […]

  • VMA in Unnaryd in Hylte municipality, Halland county •

    VMA in Unnaryd in Hylte municipality, Halland county •

    Turkey has so far put an end to Sweden’s NATO application, because the country believes that Sweden supports terrorism. During the day, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara. Hear directly from the press conference with analysis in the studio.

  • Live: Power restored in the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson

    Live: Power restored in the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson

    Power has been restored in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson after a two-day blackout, an official posted in Moscow said on Tuesday. The city, occupied by the Russian army since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, had been without water and electricity since Sunday. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times […]

  • NATO applicant clarifies position on nuclear weapons

    NATO applicant clarifies position on nuclear weapons

    Helsinki has no plans to host nuclear warheads after formally joining the US-led one, the president said Finland has no intention of stationing nuclear weapons on its territory if it becomes a member of NATO, President Sauli Niinisto insisted on Monday, adding that Helsinki had received no such offers. His statement comes after Finnish Prime […]

  • Finland clarifies its position on nuclear weapons

    Finland clarifies its position on nuclear weapons

    Helsinki has no plans to host nuclear warheads after formally joining NATO, the president said Finland has no intention of stationing nuclear weapons on its territory after becoming a member of NATO, President Sauli Niinisto said on Monday, adding that Helsinki had so far received no such offers. His statement comes after Finnish Prime Minister […]

  • Turkey not ready to accept Sweden’s NATO bid

    Turkey not ready to accept Sweden’s NATO bid

    Ankara is still demanding that Stockholm hand over suspects it considers terrorists, a Turkish official has said Turkey is still not ready to lift its veto and support Sweden’s NATO bid, a spokesman for the leading AK party, Omer Celik, said on Monday. Promises from Stockholm in connection with Ankara’s concerns about granting asylum to […]

  • Top Swedish general reflects on hosting NATO’s nuclear weapons

    Top Swedish general reflects on hosting NATO’s nuclear weapons

    The country’s commander-in-chief argues that it should allow the bloc to use its territory as it sees fit Sweden will not”make reservations at an early stage” before even joining NATO, Defense Forces Commander-in-Chief Micael Byden told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. Byden advised the government not to raise any objections if the US-led […]

  • The Nord Stream explosions were an act of terrorism Putin

    The Nord Stream explosions were an act of terrorism Putin

    The Russian president said that Gazprom was allowed to inspect the pipeline that was damaged by the ?terrorist act? Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the damage to the two Nord Stream pipelines under the Baltic Sea, telling reporters on Monday night what Gazprom investigators saw after being allowed to inspect the site. “It was […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Roundup at 2200 GMT, 26 October

    TEHRAN – At least 13 people were killed and 21 others injured in a “terrorist attack” at the Shahcheragh religious shrine in Iran’s southern city of Shiraz on Wednesday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. A woman and two children were among the victims, the report said, adding that investigations showed that security forces at […]

  • Erdogan invites Sweden’s new prime minister to visit Turkey

    ANKARA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would be happy to host new Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in Türkiye during a phone call between the two leaders on Wednesday, after months of tensions with the Nordic country over its NATO bid. Erdogan told Kristersson that it is in “the […]

  • The content of Finland’s draft law on NATO membership was revealed by the media

    The content of Finland’s draft law on NATO membership was revealed by the media

    Officials have reportedly used the ?threat? from Russia as a reason to join the US-led military bloc The draft bill on Finland’s NATO membership contains no restrictions on the bloc’s bases and the deployment of nuclear weapons on its soil, Iltalehti newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing foreign policy and security sources. According to the outlet, […]

  • Details of Finland’s potential NATO membership revealed by the media

    Details of Finland’s potential NATO membership revealed by the media

    Officials have reportedly listed the ?threat? by Russia as a reason to join the US-led military bloc The draft bill on Finland’s NATO membership does not include any restrictions on the bloc’s bases and deployment of nuclear weapons on its soil to deter Russia, Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported on Wednesday, citing foreign policy and security […]

  • Therefore, Erdoğan slows down Sweden in NATO

    Therefore, Erdoğan slows down Sweden in NATO

    There are only two countries that have not yet approved Sweden’s NATO application – Hungary and Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made clear demands on Sweden in order for him to agree to admit Sweden into the defense alliance. The list of demands includes, among other things, that Sweden hand over a number of […]

  • NATO expansion in doubt over Turkey’s objections

    NATO expansion in doubt over Turkey’s objections

    Istanbul – Finland and Sweden’s aspirations to join NATO are in doubt as Turkey has renewed its objections to their bid for membership. Finnish diplomats met their Turkish counterparts on Tuesday in Ankara, according to local media. The meeting marked the latest diplomatic effort by Helsinki to persuade Ankara to agree to its bid to […]

  • Finnish officials discuss NATO’s bid in Turkey

    Finnish officials discuss NATO’s bid in Turkey

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Finnish representatives will arrive in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss their nation’s application for NATO membership, according to the Turkish state news agency. – World News – A delegation from Finland’s Ministry of Justice will meet Kasim Cicek, head of foreign relations at the Turkish Ministry of Justice, Anadolu Agency said. The […]

  • Sweden updates Turkey on “concrete actions” – Reuters

    Sweden updates Turkey on “concrete actions” – Reuters

    The Swedish security service has intensified the fight against terrorism against Kurdish militants, claims Stockholm in a letter Sweden has informed Trkiye of its further measures against Kurdish militants, and is ready to work with Ankara on the extradition of terrorist suspects to address Turkish concerns over Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, Reuters reported on […]

  • Sweden updates Turkey on concrete measures Reuters

    Sweden updates Turkey on concrete measures Reuters

    The Swedish security service has intensified the fight against terrorism against Kurdish militants, claims Stockholm in a letter Sweden has informed Türkiye of its further measures against Kurdish militants, and is ready to work with Ankara on the extradition of terrorist suspects to address Turkish concerns over Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, Reuters reported on […]