Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told Swedish public broadcaster SVT (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Sunday that he did not believe that Sweden’s chances of joining Nato had weakened after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey’s parliament would start ratifying Finland’s accession. Since applying for membership, Finnish leaders have emphasisedContinue Reading

Turkey plans to ratify Finland’s application to join Nato, but independently from Sweden’s bid, ahead of Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections in mid-May, according to Reuters. On Wednesday, Reuters cited two Turkish officials saying that the Turkish parliament is “highly likely to ratify Finland’s Nato bid before it closes inContinue Reading

The military’s intelligence and security service, known as Must said on Monday that Sweden is safer after applying to join Nato, stating that Sweden had received bilateral security assurances from several countries while the membership was still pending. But at the same time, Sweden’s military intelligence said that Russia’s militaryContinue Reading

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö meets on Wednesday with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Störe. The foreign and defence ministers of all three countries, including Pekka Haavisto (Green) and Mikko Savola (Cen) from Finland, will also participate in the mini-summit. The three-way Nordic conference willContinue Reading