NATO bid reignites Sweden’s dispute with Turkey over Kurds

Press play to listen to this article STOCKHOLM — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan insists there are “terrorists sitting in parliaments of certain countries” to justify his objection to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, Swedish opposition lawmaker Amineh Kakabaveh has no doubt whom he is talking about.  “Of course Erdoğan meant me,” the independent … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens new incursion into Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to launch a new military operation in Syria to secure Turkey’s southern border ByThe Associated Press May 23, 2022, 7:23 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Monday to launch a new military operation … Read more

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan thwarts NATO alliances, Biden feckless to stop him

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bolstered his image as a petty little tyrant Thursday by declaring that he will reject Finland and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, hindering the West’s efforts to stand up against Vladimir Putin’s aggression. Worse, the Turkish threat inspired tiny Croatia to also declare opposition, though that’s likely just an effort … Read more

Turkey’s unstated goals in blocking Sweden and Finland

Press play to listen to this article Despite tough talk from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey is likely to ultimately greenlight NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. The military alliance will just have to pay a price first. Ankara has raised objections to the two Nordic countries’ bids to join NATO, blocking the organization from … Read more

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says that Finland and Sweden have applied for membership amid concerns over Russia’s war on Ukraine By LORNE COOK Associated Press May 18, 2022, 7:07 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready … Read more

‘Neutral’ Europe recedes as Finns, Swedes edge toward NATO

BERLIN — With Finland and Sweden taking steps to join NATO, the list of “neutral” countries in Europe appears poised to shrink. Like the two Nordic countries, other nations joined the European Union for its promise economic and political unity without taking sides in the East-West divide that has endured beyond the end of the … Read more

Ukraine opens first war crimes trial of captured Russian

KYIV, Ukraine — Journalists packed a small courtroom in Kyiv for the trial of a captured Russian soldier accused of killing a Ukrainian civilian in the early days of the war — the first of dozens of war crimes cases that Ukraine’s top prosecutor said her office is pursuing. As the trial of 21-year-old Russian … Read more

The Turkish Drone That Changed the Nature of Warfare

Özdemir set out to secure government support for Selçuk’s drones. Özdemir was friendly with Necmettin Erbakan, an Islamic nationalist and a vitriolic critic of Western culture. Turkey had been a secular republic since the nineteen-twenties, but Erbakan, ​​a professor of mechanical engineering, believed that by investing in industry and grooming technological talent the country could … Read more

Black Sea balancing act: Turkey’s Erdoğan treads a fine line on Russia

Press play to listen to this article Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are strange bedfellows — sometimes close strategic partners, but sometimes bitter regional adversaries. For now, the Turkish leader is casting himself as a middleman, and he visited the Dolmabahçe Palace on the Bosphorus waterfront last week to … Read more

Russia says it will reduce attacks around Kyiv

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Tuesday that Moscow would dramatically cut back its military offensive around Ukraine’s capital Kyiv as the two sides met for negotiations in Turkey. “The decision has been taken to fundamentally cut back military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernihiv,” Fomin told reporters as the Russian delegation, … Read more