Biden cheers Finland, Sweden NATO plans as Turkey balks

Biden cheers Finland, Sweden NATO plans as Turkey balks

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden met with the leaders of Finland and Sweden at the White House on Thursday to offer robust U.S. support for their applications to join NATO, while Turkey threatened to block the Nordic nations from becoming members of the alliance. Biden, who has rallied the West to stand … Read more

Russian soldier asks for forgiveness in Ukraine war crimes trial

Russian soldier asks for forgiveness in Ukraine war crimes trial

KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – A 21-year-old Russian soldier asked a Ukrainian widow to forgive him for the murder of her husband, as a court in Kyiv met for a second hearing on Thursday in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, a tank commander, pleaded guilty on Wednesday … Read more

Turkey has told allies it’s a ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid – Erdogan

Turkey has told allies it’s a ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid – Erdogan

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ISTANBUL, May 19 (Reuters) – Turkey has told allies that it will reject Sweden and Finland’s membership to NATO, Turkish President Tayyip … Read more

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a virtual meeting with the U.S. President Joe Biden at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan January 21, 2022, in this photo released by Japan’s Cabinet Public Relations Office via Kyodo. Japan’s Cabinet Public Relations Office via Kyodo/via REUTERS Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited … Read more

Russia and Ukraine blame each other after peace talks stall

Russia and Ukraine blame each other after peace talks stall

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 18 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on … Read more