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EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  WMUK
Investigations reveal that some EU parliamentarians are allegedly on the Kremlin's payroll, prompting the European Parliament to consider a resolution to punish those involved. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo initiated a criminal investigation after intelligence services uncovered a Russian network in Prague paying EU lawmakers to promote pro-Kremlin policies. The resolution, expected to pass, names specific lawmakers and calls for immediate actions, including lifting parliamentary immunity for those implicated. The article highlights the broader context of Russian interference in European politics and the ongoing investigations in multiple countries.

EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  WUNC
Investigations reveal that some EU parliamentarians are allegedly on the Kremlin's payroll, prompting the European Parliament to consider a resolution to punish those involved. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo initiated a criminal investigation after uncovering a Russian network in Prague paying EU lawmakers to promote pro-Kremlin policies. The resolution, expected to pass, names specific lawmakers and calls for immediate actions, including lifting parliamentary immunity. The article highlights the broader context of Russian interference in European politics and the ongoing efforts to counteract it.

EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  WSHU
Investigations reveal that some EU parliamentarians are allegedly on the Kremlin's payroll, prompting the European Parliament to consider a resolution to punish those involved. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo initiated a criminal investigation after uncovering a Russian network in Prague paying EU lawmakers to promote pro-Kremlin policies. Other countries, including Poland and Germany, are also probing Russian interference. The resolution, expected to pass, names specific lawmakers and calls for immediate actions, including lifting parliamentary immunity. The situation escalated with the arrest of a German parliamentary aide for spying for China.

EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  WUGA | University of Georgia | Your Oasis for Ideas and the Arts
Investigations reveal that some EU parliamentarians are allegedly on the Kremlin's payroll, prompting the European Parliament to consider a resolution to punish those involved. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo initiated a criminal investigation after intelligence services uncovered a Russian network in Prague paying EU lawmakers to promote pro-Kremlin policies. The resolution, expected to pass, aims to enforce stricter controls and names specific lawmakers, including far-right German parliamentarian Maximilian Krah, who is also under investigation for spying for China. The article highlights the ongoing efforts by various European countries to counter Russian interference ahead of the European elections in June.

EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  Connecticut Public
Investigations reveal that some EU parliamentarians are allegedly on the Kremlin's payroll, prompting the European Parliament to consider a resolution to punish those involved. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo initiated a criminal investigation after uncovering a Russian network in Prague. Other countries, including Poland and Germany, are also probing Russian interference. The resolution, expected to pass, names specific lawmakers and calls for immediate actions, including lifting parliamentary immunity. The article highlights the broader implications of Russian interference on European support for Ukraine.

EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  WQLN
Investigations reveal that some EU parliamentarians are allegedly on the Kremlin's payroll, prompting the European Parliament to consider a resolution to punish those involved. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo initiated a criminal investigation after uncovering a Russian network in Prague paying EU lawmakers to promote pro-Kremlin policies. The resolution, expected to pass, aims to increase transparency and accountability ahead of the European elections in June. Notable figures like Tatjana Zdanoka and Maximilian Krah are implicated, with Krah's aide recently arrested for spying for China. The article highlights the ongoing efforts by various European countries to counter Russian interference.

EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  WSIU
European Union Parliament members are suspected of being on the Kremlin's payroll, with a resolution expected to pass to punish those aiding Moscow ahead of elections. Belgian and Czech intelligence identified a Russian network in Prague paying EU lawmakers to support pro-Kremlin policies. Investigations are underway in several countries, including a criminal case against Latvian parliamentarian Tatjana Zdanoka. The resolution, which names individuals like far-right German parliamentarian Maximilian Krah, calls for immediate action despite the current legislature's term ending soon. A parliamentary aide of Krah was also arrested for allegedly spying for China.

EU parliamentarians on the Kremlin's payroll? Investigators say that's a reality

24 Apr 2024  |  WQCS
Investigators have identified a Russian network in Prague allegedly paying EU lawmakers to promote pro-Kremlin policies, with the aim of weakening European support for Ukraine. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo initiated a criminal investigation, and similar probes are underway in Poland, Germany, and Latvia. EU parliamentarian Tatjana Zdanoka has been fined for rule breaches and defends her Moscow ties, while German parliamentarian Maximilian Krah was questioned by the FBI for suspected Kremlin payments. A resolution is expected to pass in the EU Parliament to address these issues, and an aide of Krah was arrested for alleged spying for China.

Uncertain Future for Third-Country Nationals in the Netherlands Post-Ukraine Invasion

04 Apr 2024  |  dw.com
The article discusses the situation of third-country nationals, like Mariam Adeshoga from Nigeria, who fled Ukraine for the Netherlands after the Russian invasion. Initially, the Dutch government granted refugee status to all fleeing Ukraine, but has since decided that those without permanent residency in Ukraine must leave by September 4, offering €5,000 to leave voluntarily or face asylum application. The decision by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has been labeled as 'abuse' of the system. Affected individuals, represented by lawyers like Lotte Van Diepen, are challenging the order in court, arguing that the European Council should decide on the termination of their protection. The Minister for Migration, Eric van der Burg, has temporarily suspended the order to end benefits and residence permission amidst the legal challenges. Adeshoga, who aspires to inspire women in programming, received a temporary decision allowing her to stay and work in the Netherlands while awaiting further court decisions.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

04 Apr 2024  |  nepm.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance against Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to address Turkey's concerns, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Sweden's membership and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for Sweden's accession to NATO. Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that only Sweden's actual admission to NATO will confirm Erdogan's promises.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

04 Apr 2024  |  wshu.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but it's uncertain if he will allow Sweden's membership. NATO and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg support Sweden's bid, and Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sale restrictions to Turkey. However, Erdogan seeks additional incentives, such as U.S. F-16 fighter jet sales. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss the issues. Swedish analyst Elisabeth Braw is skeptical, believing a promise from Erdogan is only valid once Sweden joins NATO.

Long list of NATO chief wannabes narrows

04 Apr 2024  |  dw.com
The article discusses the upcoming change in NATO's leadership as current Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is set to step down in October 2024. The process of selecting a new leader is described as secretive and informal, with no official job postings or applications. Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has emerged as the favorite, despite the process being complicated by various factors such as the EU elections, the US elections, and individual NATO member states' preferences. Other candidates mentioned include Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Latvian Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karins. The article also touches on the dynamics of NATO's decision-making and the potential impact of the new leader on the alliance's future.

NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg talks about Sweden and withstanding Russian pressure

14 Mar 2024  |  www.nhpr.org
Sweden's recent NATO membership enhances the alliance's capability to counter Russian pressure, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Despite Russia's retaliatory actions, such as flying bombers near Finnish airspace and redeploying troops, Stoltenberg emphasizes the importance of supporting Ukraine to diminish Russian military capacity. Security analyst Charly Salonius-Pasternak warns against underestimating Russia and criticizes European NATO countries for not increasing weapon production, which could lead to Kremlin miscalculations. The article also touches on concerns regarding Donald Trump's stance towards NATO and the delay in ammunition deliveries to Ukraine.

NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg talks about Sweden and withstanding Russian pressure

14 Mar 2024  |  WYPR
Sweden's recent NATO membership strengthens the alliance against Russian pressure, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Despite Russian retaliatory measures, Stoltenberg emphasizes the importance of aiding Ukraine to weaken Russia's combat capacity. Security analyst Charly Salonius-Pasternak warns against underestimating Russia's wartime production capabilities. Stoltenberg criticizes NATO allies for insufficient ammunition supplies to Ukraine, highlighting a political will issue. The article also touches on concerns about European NATO countries' defense production and the potential miscalculations by the Kremlin.

NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg talks about Sweden and withstanding Russian pressure

NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg talks about Sweden and withstanding Russian pressure

14 Mar 2024  |  kdll.org
Sweden's recent NATO membership has prompted Russia to take retaliatory measures, including flying bombers close to Finnish airspace and redeploying troops. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remains unfazed, emphasizing the importance of supporting Ukraine to weaken Russia's military capacity. However, he criticizes NATO allies for not supplying enough ammunition to Ukraine. Security analyst Charly Salonius-Pasternak warns against underestimating Russia and suggests that European NATO countries should increase weapons production to deter potential Russian aggression.

NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg talks about Sweden and withstanding Russian pressure

14 Mar 2024  |  www.kanw.com
Sweden's recent NATO membership has led to Russian retaliatory measures, including a bomber flying close to Finnish airspace and troop redeployments. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remains unfazed, emphasizing the importance of supporting Ukraine to diminish Russian combat capacity. Security analyst Charly Salonius-Pasternak warns against underestimating Russia and criticizes European NATO countries for not increasing weapon production. Stoltenberg criticizes the lack of ammunition deliveries to Ukraine, framing it as a question of political will. The article also touches on concerns over U.S. politics, with Donald Trump's animosity towards NATO and delays in U.S. assistance to Ukraine.

Who will be the new NATO leader?

09 Jan 2024  |  dw.com
Jens Stoltenberg is set to leave his position as NATO Secretary-General at the end of the year after nearly a decade. The search for his successor is conducted discreetly, with no formal job description or application process. The new leader must navigate complex diplomatic relations, particularly with Russia, and ideally come from a country with significant defense spending. Potential candidates include Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Latvian Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karins, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, with Rutte emerging as a 'safer' choice. However, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed opposition to Rutte's candidacy. The final decision is made by consensus among NATO members, and the United States plays a significant role in the selection.

NATO: Who will succeed Jens Stoltenberg?

03 Jan 2024  |  dw.com
Jens Stoltenberg is nearing the end of his tenure as NATO Secretary General, with his term officially ending on October 1, 2024. The selection process for his successor is complex, with no official job description or application procedure. Various candidates have been considered, including Kaja Kallas, Krisjanis Karins, and Mark Rutte, with Rutte emerging as a favorite. The process involves informal discussions among NATO ambassadors and consultations with heads of state. The new Secretary General will need to navigate relations with Russia and defend the alliance without provoking critics. The article also touches on the potential opposition from Viktor Orban to Rutte's candidacy.

NATO: Who will succeed Jens Stoltenberg?

03 Jan 2024  |  dw.com
Jens Stoltenberg is set to retire from his position as NATO Secretary General, a role he has held for nearly a decade. The search for his successor is complex, with no clear job description or application process. The United States is considered a decisive force in the election, but all 31 NATO members have influence. Current candidates include Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Latvian Foreign Minister Krišjanis Karinš, and outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, with Rutte being the favorite. The new Secretary General will need to manage relations with Russia and defend NATO's existence without provoking critics. The selection process involves informal discussions among NATO ambassadors, known as 'Deans Coffee,' led by the longest-serving ambassador, currently Croatia's Mario Nobilo. Despite the informal nature of the candidacy, Kallas has publicly expressed her desire to remain in the race.

Who will be the new head of NATO? A favorite emerges. Trump: We became friends

02 Jan 2024  |  wiadomosci.gazeta.pl
Jens Stoltenberg is set to step down as NATO Secretary General in October 2024 after nearly a decade of service. The search for his successor is underway, with Mark Rutte, Kaja Kallas, and Krisjanis Karins being notable candidates. Rutte is emerging as a favorite, seen as a safer choice amidst the war in Ukraine. Former favorites Mette Frederiksen and Ben Wallace have withdrawn from consideration. The selection process is described as behind-the-scenes diplomacy, with consensus being a key factor. Viktor Orban may oppose Rutte's nomination, and the final decision is expected to be made well before the European Parliament elections in June 2024 and the US elections.

Finland Closes Most Border Crossings with Russia Amid Asylum-Seeker Surge

23 Nov 2023  |  dw.com
Finland has announced the closure of all but one of its border crossings with Russia due to a significant increase in asylum-seekers. This move follows the recent shutdown of several other border points. The Finnish government has suggested that Russia is deliberately directing people towards the Finnish border, an allegation that Russia has denied.

Could Ukraine join NATO without recovering territories?

17 Oct 2023  |  www.dw.com
Since 2008, NATO has promised Ukraine future membership, with President Volodimir Zelenski urging for reinforced membership prospects post-war. Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen proposed offering Ukraine NATO membership without reclaiming annexed territories, sparking controversy. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and Ukrainian MP Andrii Osadchuk strongly opposed the idea, emphasizing territorial integrity. Analysts like Edward Hunter Christie and Bruno Lete argue that military superiority is crucial for peace, with NATO committed to restoring Ukraine's full territory. Despite waning support, Zelenski might consider territorial concessions for peace.

Finland launches 'digital passports'

28 Sep 2023  |  www.dw.com
Finland is testing a European Union pilot project for six months to trial 'digital passports'. These passports use facial recognition technology to confirm the identity of air passengers and streamline procedures.

How Russia could cut NATO off from the Baltic states

08 Sep 2023  |  www.dw.com
The Suwalki Gap, a narrow strip of land between Poland and Lithuania, is strategically significant. If Russia and Belarus were to invade and close this gap, the Baltic NATO members—Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia—would be isolated from their southern allies.

The Ukrainian refugees that the Netherlands wants to send 'home'

04 Sep 2023  |  dw.com
Mariam Adeshoga, a Nigerian software programmer, found a new home in Ukraine in 2019 but had to flee to the Netherlands due to the Russian invasion. The Dutch government, which initially welcomed refugees regardless of nationality, is now ordering about 3,000 non-Ukrainian refugees to leave by September 4, citing abuse of the EU's Temporary Protection Directive. Immigration lawyer Lotte van Diepen argues that those initially covered by the directive retain the legal right to stay. Affected refugees have formed a group, Derdelanders, to protest the decision and petition the government, emphasizing humanity over bureaucratic technicalities. Dutch courts are currently considering the legality of the government's action, while Adeshoga has been temporarily allowed to stay and work as she awaits the outcome of appeals.

Dutch Courts Weigh Asylum Rights for Third-Country Nationals from Ukraine

04 Sep 2023  |  dw.com
The article discusses the situation of 'third-country nationals' who fled Ukraine and sought asylum in the Netherlands. Initially, these individuals were granted the right to stay alongside Ukrainian citizens. However, the Dutch government is reconsidering this decision and has asked approximately 3,000 people to leave the country. Dutch courts are now examining the possibility of extending protective asylum for these individuals who did not have permanent residency rights in Ukraine before the war.

Does the Kremlin benefit from the burning of Qurans?

07 Aug 2023  |  dw.com
Husam El Gomati, a political activist, expresses concern over the Kremlin's use of Quran burnings to incite anger and violence against Sweden in the Muslim world. The Swedish Government, recognizing the public safety threat, has strengthened police powers for border controls and is considering stricter rules for public gatherings involving religious symbols. Mikael Ostlund from Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency warns of Russia's disinformation campaigns portraying Sweden as anti-Islam. Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom is working to clarify misconceptions about Swedish law regarding the burning of sacred books.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

10 Jul 2023  |  kclu.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. NATO and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg support Sweden's bid, and Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sale restrictions to Turkey. However, Erdogan seeks additional incentives, such as U.S. F-16 fighter jet sales. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss the issues. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw is skeptical, believing a promise from Erdogan is only valid once Sweden joins NATO.

As NATO summit prepares to convene, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership

10 Jul 2023  |  www.wcbu.org
As the NATO summit begins in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for membership. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance remains unpredictable, though his rhetoric has softened since his reelection. Despite Sweden's efforts to address Turkey's concerns, including actions against the PKK and lifting arms sales restrictions, Erdogan seeks additional concessions, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. Discussions between Presidents Biden and Erdogan have intensified, but skepticism remains about Erdogan's commitment to allowing Sweden into NATO.

As NATO summit prepares to convene, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership

10 Jul 2023  |  mtpr.org
Turkey continues to block Sweden's NATO membership as the NATO summit begins in Lithuania. Despite Turkish President Erdogan's slightly softened rhetoric post-reelection, his decision remains unpredictable. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's requirements, such as taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning. The U.S. Congress is blocking sales of F-16 jets to Turkey, which is seen as a potential bargaining chip for Sweden's accession. A meeting between U.S. President Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but skepticism remains until Sweden officially joins NATO.

As NATO summit prepares to convene, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership

10 Jul 2023  |  WMRA and WEMC
As the NATO summit begins in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for membership. Despite 29 of the 31 NATO governments supporting Sweden's accession, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains a key obstacle. Erdogan's rhetoric has softened since his reelection, but he seeks concessions, including the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. Discussions between Erdogan and U.S. President Joe Biden have taken place, with skepticism remaining about Erdogan's promises. The Swedish government faces domestic pressure to uphold freedom of speech, complicating further concessions to Turkey.

As NATO summit prepares to convene, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership

10 Jul 2023  |  WVPE
As the NATO summit begins in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for membership. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance remains unpredictable, though his rhetoric has softened since his reelection. Despite Sweden's efforts to address Turkey's concerns, including actions against the PKK and lifting arms sales restrictions, Erdogan seeks additional concessions, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. Discussions between Presidents Biden and Erdogan are ongoing, with a face-to-face meeting scheduled to apply further pressure. The outcome remains uncertain, with skepticism about Erdogan's promises.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

10 Jul 2023  |  wdiy.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. NATO and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg support Sweden's membership. Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sale restrictions to Turkey, but faces internal pressure to maintain freedom of speech. The U.S. is reportedly willing to trade F-16 sales for Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan at the summit aims to pressure Turkey, but Swedish analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

As NATO summit prepares to convene, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership

10 Jul 2023  |  88.9 KETR
As the NATO summit begins in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership bid. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision remains uncertain, though his rhetoric has softened since his reelection. NATO and its Secretary General support Sweden's membership, citing Stockholm's efforts against the PKK and other measures. Erdogan seeks concessions, including U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which are currently blocked by Congress. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan aims to resolve the issue, but skepticism remains about Erdogan's promises.

As NATO summit prepares to convene, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership

10 Jul 2023  |  WQLN
As the NATO summit begins in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership bid. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance remains unpredictable, though his rhetoric has softened since his reelection. Despite Sweden's efforts to address Turkey's concerns, including actions against the PKK and lifting arms sales restrictions, Erdogan seeks additional concessions, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A meeting between Erdogan and U.S. President Joe Biden aims to resolve the impasse, but skepticism remains about Erdogan's commitment to allowing Sweden into NATO.

As NATO summit prepares to convene, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership

10 Jul 2023  |  BPR
As the NATO summit begins in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's membership bid. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance remains unpredictable, though his rhetoric has softened since his reelection. Despite Sweden's efforts to meet Turkey's demands, including actions against the PKK and lifting arms sales restrictions, Erdogan seeks additional concessions, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan aims to resolve the issue, but skepticism remains about Erdogan's commitment.

Russia proves adept at exploiting Quran burnings in Sweden

05 Apr 2023  |  dw.com
Husam El Gomati, a Libyan-born political activist and investor in Stockholm, is advocating for the Swedish government to ban the burning of religious books to prevent the Kremlin, Islamist, and radical right-wing extremists from using such events to incite anger and violence against Sweden. Swedish government analyst Mikael Ostlund from the Agency for Psychological Defense warns of Russia's disinformation campaigns, which have previously accused Swedish social services of kidnapping Muslim children. The Swedish government, recognizing the public safety risk from anti-Islamic events, has approved expanded police powers and is expected to limit public meetings where religious symbols may be desecrated. Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom is working to clarify misconceptions about Swedish law regarding the burning of holy books. The article also mentions a recent poll indicating that a majority of Swedes may support making it illegal to burn any religious text.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

01 Apr 2023  |  wuga.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes a softening in President Erdogan's stance against Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Turkey's approval is not guaranteed. Erdogan seeks additional incentives, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A recent phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the F-16 sale and Sweden's NATO bid, although Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for Sweden's accession. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

01 Apr 2023  |  radio.wcmu.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's expectations by taking a tougher stance against the PKK and lifting restrictions on arms sales to Turkey. However, Erdogan is also seeking to purchase U.S. F-16 fighter jets, a deal that is seen as potentially linked to Sweden's NATO bid. Despite discussions between Presidents Biden and Erdogan, Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that only Sweden's actual accession to NATO will confirm Erdogan's agreement.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

01 Apr 2023  |  listen.sdpb.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes a softening in President Erdogan's stance towards Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional benefits, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss the issues, with skepticism remaining about Sweden's accession until it is officially part of NATO. The report highlights the complex negotiations and political maneuvering involved in the expansion of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

31 Mar 2023  |  wsiu.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's requirements by taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, but Erdogan is also seeking additional benefits, such as the purchase of U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure, but Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  lakeshorepublicmedia.org
The report by Teri Schultz for NPR News covers the ongoing NATO summit in Lithuania, where Turkey is blocking Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has softened his stance against Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to restrict Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and the F-16s, with a face-to-face meeting scheduled to apply pressure. Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that any promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  wfae.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has softened his stance on Sweden's membership since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and lifting restrictions on arms sales to Turkey, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and F-16 sales, which Erdogan denies are linked. However, analysts like Elisabeth Braw see a clear quid pro quo. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but doubts remain until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Begins

29 Mar 2023  |  wkms.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance against Sweden's membership since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's policies, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to restrict Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed the F-16s and Sweden's membership, but Erdogan denies a direct link between the two issues. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for Sweden's accession to NATO. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that any promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  nhpr.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance against Sweden's membership since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to address Turkey's concerns, including actions against the PKK and restrictions on arms sales, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the membership bid and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for a resolution. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  spokanepublicradio.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes a softening in President Erdogan's stance against Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including actions against the PKK and easing arms sales restrictions to Turkey, Erdogan's approval is uncertain. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 jets in exchange for Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan at the summit aims to pressure Turkey, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical, emphasizing that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  wyomingpublicmedia.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance on Sweden's membership has softened since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional benefits, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A recent phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the membership bid and the F-16 sales, which are seen as potentially linked, despite Erdogan's denial. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for Sweden's accession to NATO. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  klcc.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's requirements by taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, but faces limitations on further concessions due to domestic political and free speech concerns. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 fighter jets to facilitate Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan at the summit aims to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  kunc.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but it's uncertain if he will allow Sweden to join. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and 29 NATO governments support Sweden's membership. Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sales restrictions to Turkey, but further concessions on freedom of speech are unlikely due to domestic political challenges. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 jets in exchange for Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Begins

29 Mar 2023  |  radio.kttz.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance on Sweden's membership has softened since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's policies, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional benefits, such as the purchase of U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A recent phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Sweden's membership and the F-16 sales, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for Sweden's accession, but Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  hppr.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since his reelection, but it remains uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to restrict Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives such as the sale of U.S. F-16 jets. A meeting between U.S. President Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss the issues further. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that any promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  wmuk.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance on Sweden's membership since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to address Turkey's concerns, including taking a tougher stance on the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the membership bid and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for Sweden's accession. Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical, stating that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  apr.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. NATO and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg support Sweden's bid. Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sale restrictions to Turkey, but further concessions on freedom of speech are unlikely due to domestic political challenges. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 jets in exchange for supporting Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  nprillinois.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and 29 NATO governments support Sweden's bid. Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sale restrictions to Turkey, but further concessions on freedom of speech are unlikely due to domestic political challenges. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 jets in exchange for Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  kucb.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. NATO and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg support Sweden's bid. Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sale restrictions to Turkey, but further concessions on freedom of speech are unlikely. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 jets in exchange for Sweden's accession, a claim met with skepticism. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss the issue. The report emphasizes that any promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  ksjd.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's rhetoric towards Sweden has softened since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to address Turkey's concerns, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A recent phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the Swedish membership and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  kazu.org
The report by Teri Schultz for NPR covers the ongoing NATO summit in Lithuania, focusing on Turkey's obstruction of Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp suggests that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance may have softened since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Begins

29 Mar 2023  |  kccu.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to address Turkey's concerns, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  wmky.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's requirements by taking a tougher stance against the PKK and lifting restrictions on arms sales to Turkey. However, Erdogan is also seeking benefits such as the sale of U.S. F-16 jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A recent phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  kawc.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. Sweden has made efforts to address Turkey's concerns, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning. However, Erdogan is also seeking benefits such as the purchase of U.S. F-16 jets, which some believe is linked to Sweden's NATO bid. Despite discussions between Presidents Biden and Erdogan, Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw is skeptical and believes Sweden's membership will only be certain once it is part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership As Summit Begins

29 Mar 2023  |  ideastream.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's expectations, such as taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning. However, Erdogan is also seeking to purchase U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which some believe is linked to the NATO membership issue. Despite discussions between Presidents Biden and Erdogan, Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw is skeptical and believes a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  wkar.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. NATO and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg support Sweden's bid. Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sales restrictions to Turkey, but further concessions on freedom of speech are unlikely. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 jets in exchange for Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but doubts remain until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  tspr.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has softened his stance on Sweden's membership since his reelection. While 29 of the 31 NATO governments support Sweden's bid, Erdogan is also seeking concessions, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. Swedish officials and analysts express skepticism about Erdogan's promises, emphasizing that actions will speak louder than words. The situation is further complicated by Sweden's stance on freedom of speech and its relationship with the PKK, a Kurdish militant group. A meeting between U.S. President Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss these issues.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  wqcs.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's expectations, such as taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning. However, Erdogan is also seeking concessions, like the sale of U.S. F-16 jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the F-16 sale and Sweden's NATO bid, which are believed to be linked despite official denials. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  krwg.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance against Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to address Turkey's concerns, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Sweden's NATO bid and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure for Sweden's accession. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that any promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  kenw.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and 29 NATO governments support Sweden's bid. Sweden has taken steps against the PKK and lifted arms sale restrictions to Turkey, but further concessions on freedom of speech are unlikely due to domestic political challenges. The U.S. is also involved, with potential F-16 sales to Turkey being discussed in relation to Sweden's NATO bid. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  wknofm.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance on Sweden's membership has softened since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to restrict Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional benefits, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the membership bid and the F-16 sale, which Erdogan denies are linked. However, analysts like Elisabeth Braw see a clear quid pro quo. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but doubts remain until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  mainepublic.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's requirements by taking a tougher stance on the PKK and lifting arms sale restrictions to Turkey. However, Erdogan is also seeking benefits such as the purchase of U.S. F-16 jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A recent phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and the F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to increase pressure. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, indicating that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  ktep.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. Sweden has made efforts to address Turkey's concerns, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning. However, Erdogan is also seeking benefits such as the purchase of U.S. F-16 jets, which some believe is linked to Sweden's NATO bid. Despite discussions between Presidents Biden and Erdogan, Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw is doubtful and believes Sweden's membership will only be certain once it is part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  wprl.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's requirements by taking a tougher stance against the PKK and lifting restrictions on arms sales to Turkey. However, Erdogan is also seeking benefits such as the sale of U.S. F-16 jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A recent phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Swedish membership and F-16s, but Erdogan denies a direct connection. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical until Sweden officially joins NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  boisestatepublicradio.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes a softening in President Erdogan's stance towards Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to address Turkey's concerns, including actions against the PKK and restrictions on arms sales, Erdogan seeks additional concessions, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both the membership bid and the F-16 sales, which are seen as potentially linked. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical, believing only Sweden's actual accession to NATO will be conclusive. The report highlights the complex interplay of international relations and defense policies affecting Sweden's NATO membership.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  wuot.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection, but his approval is uncertain. Sweden has made efforts to align with NATO's requirements by taking a tougher stance against the PKK and lifting arms sale restrictions to Turkey. However, Erdogan is also seeking benefits such as the sale of U.S. F-16 jets, which is currently blocked by Congress. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both issues, and a face-to-face meeting is scheduled to increase pressure. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, emphasizing that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  ksut.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance against Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional benefits such as the purchase of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A phone call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan discussed both Sweden's membership and the F-16 sales, which are currently blocked by Congress. A meeting between Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to apply pressure, but Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical, stating that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  kunr.org
The article discusses the ongoing NATO summit in Lithuania, where Turkey is blocking Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has softened his stance against Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to block Quran burning, Erdogan is also seeking additional incentives, such as the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets. A meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss the issues further. Swedish defense policy analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that any promise from Erdogan regarding Sweden's membership will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership Bid As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  kanw.com
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan has softened his stance since reelection, but it's uncertain if he will agree to Sweden's membership. Despite meeting NATO's demands, such as toughening its stance against the PKK and lifting arms sale restrictions to Turkey, Sweden is facing Erdogan's additional demands. These include the sale of U.S. F-16 jets, which President Biden and Erdogan discussed. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw is skeptical, believing that a promise from Erdogan will only be credible once Sweden is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership As Summit Gets Underway

29 Mar 2023  |  whqr.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes a softening in President Erdogan's stance towards Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning, Turkey's approval is not guaranteed. Erdogan is also seeking to purchase U.S. F-16 fighter jets, a deal that some believe is linked to Sweden's NATO bid. A meeting between Presidents Biden and Erdogan is scheduled to discuss these issues. Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw expresses skepticism, suggesting that only Sweden's actual accession to NATO will confirm Erdogan's approval.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's NATO Membership At The Summit

29 Mar 2023  |  kdll.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid to join the alliance. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes that Turkish President Erdogan's stance has softened since his reelection. Sweden has made efforts to address Turkey's concerns, such as taking a tougher stance against the PKK and attempting to prevent Quran burning. However, Erdogan is also seeking to purchase U.S. F-16 fighter jets, a deal that some believe is linked to Sweden's NATO membership. Despite discussions between Presidents Biden and Erdogan, Swedish defense analyst Elisabeth Braw remains skeptical, believing that Sweden's membership will only be certain once it is officially part of NATO.

Turkey Continues To Block Sweden's Bid For NATO Membership

29 Mar 2023  |  kalw.org
At the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkey continues to block Sweden's bid for NATO membership. Retired Turkish Ambassador Selim Kuneralp notes a softening in President Erdogan's stance towards Sweden since his reelection. Despite efforts by Sweden to align with NATO's requirements, including actions against the PKK and easing arms sales restrictions to Turkey, Erdogan's approval is uncertain. The U.S. is reportedly willing to offer Turkey F-16 jets in exchange for Sweden's accession, a topic discussed in a recent call between Presidents Biden and Erdogan. A meeting between the two leaders is scheduled to apply pressure, but doubts remain until Sweden officially joins NATO.

TV live shot on the situation of former Turkish NATO officials in the wake of Turkish president Erdogan's crackdown on military personnel for DW TV.

NATO General James Everard on Russia's Zapad drills

14 Sep 2017  |  www.dw.com
NATO has expressed that it does not anticipate a significant increase in Russian air activity during the Zapad military exercises, despite accusing Russia of not adhering to transparency rules. NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, British Gen. Sir James Everard, indicated that while no spike in provocative maneuvers is expected, regular incidents of Russian aircraft near Baltic airspace occur. During a surveillance mission, NATO tracked suspicious aircraft and scrambled jets to identify them. The US has increased its presence in the Baltic Air Policing mission in response to Zapad. Everard noted the largest Russian troop presence since 1981, casting doubt on Russia's reported exercise scale. Despite Russia's lack of transparency, Everard believes NATO has a good understanding of Russian activities, though he acknowledges the concern these exercises cause among observers.
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