The addition of Finland, which shares a 1,340 kilometre (832 miles) border with Russia, will more than double the size of NATO’s border with the world's largest country in terms of land area.
Ukrainian authorities and utility companies are working to restore the heavily damaged infrastructure of Kherson after Russian withdrawal as the conflict enters into its 264th day.
Russia orders its troops to withdraw from the west bank of the Dnipro River near the strategic southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, a potential turning point in conflict – now in its 260th day.
President Erdogan tells NATO chief Stoltenberg that measures by both Nordic nations against PKK terror group and its affiliates would determine how fast Ankara will ratify their memberships, says Turkish presidency.
Türkiye plays major role in fight against terrorism, including in NATO mission in Iraq, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
During his three-day visit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is expected to meet top Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The 30 NATO countries have signed the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland, which will send the membership bids for parliamentary approval in member states.
After the signing on Tuesday, the protocol must be ratified by all 30 allied parliaments to allow Sweden and Finland to become part of the transatlantic defence alliance.
Separatists in eastern Ukraine claim that most of Sievierodonetsk is controlled by Russia amid President Zelenskyy’s visit in show of support for Mykolaiv as fierce fighting enters 116th day.
NATO's defence ministers plan to boost the alliance's forces and military equipment in its eastern flank as Russia's offensive continues in Ukraine.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says dialogue continues to find a united way forward amid Türkiye's opposition to Sweden and Finland’s bid to join the military alliance over their support for terrorist groups.
"Of course we will continue all these discussions for the sake of not interrupting diplomacy," President Erdogan tells reporters.
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