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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Putin is ready to wage war in Ukraine for “a long time”
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Putin is ready to wage war in Ukraine for “a long time”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared for his war on Ukraine for at least a year before inciting it, and predicted Putin is likely to be able to maintain a drawn-out offensive for a "long time."Scholz made the comments in a Thursday interview with CBS News "Face the Nation" moderator and chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan at the NATO summit in Madrid. The war on Ukraine has now dragged on for more than four months, and Russia is using its firepower to make incremental gains. US intelligence estimates that Russia currently holds about 20% of the country, mostly in eastern Ukraine. "When will Russia no longer have the ability to continue this fight? When will Putin run out of weapons, run out of funds? Or can this continue for ...
Biden Urges Senate to Approve NATO Membership for Finland and Sweden | Politics
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Biden Urges Senate to Approve NATO Membership for Finland and Sweden | Politics

It was exactly the scene Russian president Vladimir Putin dreaded: The American president, standing in the Rose Garden with the leaders of Sweden and Finland, ready to expand NATO in response to Putin's attack on Ukraine."New members joining NATO is not a threat to any nation,” Biden said, offering America's "strong support" of Finland and Sweden's bid to join the defensive security alliance.“In the face of aggression, NATO has not grown weaker or more divided. It has grown stronger, more united," said Biden, flanked by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson."In recent years, doubts began to arise: Was NATO still relevant? Was it still effective? Is it still needed in the 21st-century world?” Biden said. "Today there is no question NATO is relevant,...
Russia fumes as Finland and Sweden push for NATO membership
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Russia fumes as Finland and Sweden push for NATO membership

Senior Russian officials have slammed Finland's decision to seek membership in the NATO alliance — which came as a direct reaction to President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin both said on Thursday that their country should apply to join the transatlantic military bloc "without delay."Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Friday that her country would follow suit without delay, arguing that "Swedish NATO membership would raise the threshold for military conflicts and thus have a conflict-preventing effect in northern Europe."As Russian political analyst Fyodor Lukyanov said on his Telegram channel "Russia in Global Affairs," Finland joining NATO would increase Russia's land border with NATO member states by...