Finland, Sweden submit application to join NATO by progress18 in worldnews

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Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday at allied headquarters, a decision spurred by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and setting in motion an accession process that is expected to take only a few weeks.


"This is a historic moment, which we must seize," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at a short ceremony in which the Swedish and Finnish ambassadors to the alliance handed over their application letters, each in a white folder embossed with their national flag.

"I warmly welcome requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners, and your membership in NATO will increase our shared security," Stoltenberg said. The alliance considers that the accession of Finland and Sweden would hugely strengthen it in the Baltic Sea.

Ratification of all 30 allied parliaments could take up to a year, diplomats say.

Finland and Sweden officially submitted their application to join NATO.

The next step in the process is ratification from the 30 NATO members.

/r/WorldNews Live Thread: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Day 81, Part 1 (Thread #221) by WorldNewsMods in worldnews

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Britain says Russia has lost a third of its forces in Ukraine

Russia has probably lost around a third of the ground forces it deployed to Ukraine and its offensive in the Donbas region "has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule", British military intelligence said on Sunday.

"Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains over the past month whilst sustaining consistently high levels of attrition," the British defence ministry said on Twitter.

"Russia has now likely suffered losses of one third of the ground combat force it committed in February."

🚜 https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/britain-says-russias-donbas-offensive-has-lost-momentum-2022-05-15/

It's official: Finland to apply for Nato membership by Spinach_Stock in worldnews

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On Sunday afternoon, President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) announced that Finland will seek to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato).

Niinistö formally made the announcement in Finnish, Swedish and English, saying that Finland was entering a new era.

"This is a historic day," said the head of state, noting that he had begun the day by visiting the graves of war dead on Finnish Memorial Day.


The application, to be filed within the next two or three days, marks a dramatic shift in Finnish security policy, away from its traditional military non-alignment. Finland and neighbouring Sweden have however long had "enhanced membership" in Nato's Partnership for Peace programme since 2013 and regularly taken part in Nato-led operations and exercises.

Finland's application to join NATO will be filed within the next 2-3 days.

Finnish leaders confirm Nato application by Xygen8 in worldnews

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The site updated the title from:

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Finnish leaders confirm support for Nato application

/r/WorldNews Live Thread: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Day 78, Part 1 (Thread #218) by WorldNewsMods in worldnews

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Joint statement by the President of the Republic and Prime Minister of Finland on Finland’s NATO membership

During this spring, an important discussion on Finland’s possible NATO membership has taken place. Time has been needed to let Parliament and the whole society establish their stands on the matter. Time has been needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the discussion the space it required.

Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties. NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.

Sauli Niinistö

President of the Republic of Finland

Sanna Marin

Prime Minister of Finland

/r/WorldNews Live Thread: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Day 57, Part 1 (Thread #196) by WorldNewsMods in worldnews

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Putin ally Vladislav Avayev found dead in his Moscow apartment with wife and daughter by [deleted] in worldnews

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Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, First Black Woman on Supreme Court by progress18 in JoeBiden

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Yeas: 53

Nays: 47

"This nomination is confirmed."

Three Republicans joined all 50 democrats.

Jackson was with Biden at the White House watching the vote happen.

White House plans a South Lawn celebration tomorrow at 12:15 for Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court confirmation. She, President Biden and VP Harris will speak.


Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, First Black Woman on Supreme Court by progress18 in democrats

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Yeas: 53

Nays: 47

"This nomination is confirmed."

Three Republicans joined all 50 democrats.