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# NATO

This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# NATO
Turkey's president says his country may allow Finland to join NATO without Sweden
Every member of NATO must vote to approve the acceptance of new members, with Turkey being the most opposed to the two Nordic countries.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# NATO
Turkey's Erdogan warns Sweden on Nato membership after Koran burning
Turkey is one of only two Nato members not to have ratified Sweden and Finland’s plan to join the western alliance in to the Ukraine war.
Last month
January 2023
# Dnipropetrovsk
Toll from Dnipro strike in Ukraine rises to 40 as Russia denies attack
The Kremlin has pointed to an unsubstantiated theory circulating on social media that Ukrainian air defence systems had caused the damage.
Last year
2022
# Ukraine War
Kremlin rejects Biden's offer to talk with Putin if he intends to end war in Ukraine
The American leader made such talks conditional on support by Nato allies.
# exchanging fire
PBP writes to Ceann Comhairle as Taoiseach defends 'Puppets for Putin' remark
The Taoiseach was asked to explain ‘what was going on’ when NATO visited Cork
# Ukraine
Ukraine urges Nato to speed up weapons deliveries following Russian strikes on energy grid
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg accused Vladimir Putin of targeting infrastructure in a bid to use winter as “a weapon of war” against Ukraine.
# guns and gorse
Five mile sniper: On the hills of north Cork with Irish troops and NATO evaluators
The evaluation of Irish artillery is part of a European wide NATO military effort to make all armies capable of working together.
# Poland
NATO believes deadly blast at Poland border was an 'accident'
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, however, said Kyiv had seen no proof the missile was Ukrainian.
# NATO
Poland puts military on heightened readiness over reports Russian missiles land on its territory
Moscow’s defence minister has dismissed reports that Russian missles had landed in Poland.
# celtic sea
British Royal Navy release details of their operations off Ireland monitoring Russian ships
The British activity, as well as French, Dutch and Belgian vessels are part of Standing NATO Maritime Task Group One.
# pegasus
CEO of Israeli Pegasus spyware firm to step down
A multinational investigation revealed Pegasus spyware had been sold to governments around the world and used against human rights activists, politicians, and others.
# Annual Report
Defence Forces units train with NATO and EU partners but retention concerns continue
The Department of Defence and Defence Forces annual report was launched this week.
# Defence
Nato hails 'historic day' as membership process for Sweden and Finland launched
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said it is the fastest accession process in the alliance’s history.
# NATO
Nato poised to sign off on accession for Sweden and Finland
The move will further increase Russia’s strategic isolation in the wake of its invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
# snake island
Russia withdraws from Snake Island as Biden says Nato will stick with Ukraine for 'as long as it takes'
Billions of dollars in war aid has been promised to Ukraine.
The US President announced $800 million in new weapons for Ukraine.
Putin accused NATO of seeking to assert its "supremacy".
Russia's defence ministry said its forces are holding more than 6,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war.
Ukrainian forces to retreat from Severodonetsk as gas becomes 'scarce' in Europe
'A good day for Europe': Ukraine and Moldova officially granted EU candidate status
# UK
Boris Johnson pledges further £55 billion in UK defence spending amid Russia threat
The British Prime Minister committed to increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP by the end of the decade.
# War
Nato leaders denounce Russia's 'appalling cruelty' in Ukraine as Moscow threatens Norway
The dispute comes as Russia’s war in Ukraine takes centre stage at a Nato summit in Madrid.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been invited to participate and will speak twice via videolink.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge his NATO allies to boost their defence spending in response to Russia's invasion.
Zelenskyy presses G7 for more help as Kyiv reels from Russian strikes - NATO increases strength
Zelenskyy urges G7 summit leaders to help end war before 2023
# Ukraine
Russia demands Ukraine surrender as G7 vows to make Moscow pay
Eighteen people were killed in an attack yesterday in the city of Kremenchuk.
# Explained
Explainer: Would Ireland be required to have a referendum before joining Nato?
The Taoiseach has said a referendum wouldn’t be required – constitutional law experts disagree.
# Simon Coveney
Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit new NATO candidates Finland and Sweden today
Coveney will meet the the Foreign Affairs minister of Sweden and Finland while also meeting the Defence minister in Helsinki.
# ukraine crisis
Ex-Estonian Defence Forces chief: 'Neutrality is a luxury only rich countries can afford'
Major General Meelis Kiili, spoke to The Journal about Neutrality, NATO and his country’s plan to fight Russia.
# deal making
Nato attempt to convince Turkey’s Erdogan to back Swedish and Finnish membership bids
Ankara’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Sweden and Finland of supporting Kurdish militants deemed by Turkey to be terrorists.
# Demands
Turkey’s Erdogan still against Finnish and Swedish Nato bids
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said meetings this week with Finnish and Swedish delegations had not been ‘at the expected level’.
# cyber threat
A year on: Inside the Defence Forces response against the HSE ransomware hack
We speak to an officer in the Irish Defence Forces’ Communications Information Services Corps about the HSE attack and future threats.
# NATO
Turkish President puts conditions on support for Nordic nations' NATO bids
Turkey has long accused Nordic countries of harbouring extremist Kurdish groups.
# Ukraine
Russia says 1,730 Mariupol fighters have surrendered as US grants $40 billion dollars to Ukraine
The Russian military says that a total of 1,730 Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered.
The Russian military says that a total of 1,730 Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered.
The Red Cross said that registrations of Ukrainian prisoners of war began on Tuesday under an agreement between Russia and Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden backed Finland and Sweden's Nato membership bids after meeting the countries' leaders in Washington.
# NATO
Finland and Sweden submit applications for Nato membership
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he welcomes the requests.
# Olle Thorell
Swedish MP: There is worry about our independent voice but NATO is the only solution
Olle Thorell is an MP for the ruling Social Democrats party and also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Swedish parliament.
# NATO
Finnish parliament votes overwhelmingly in favour of NATO membership
Germany also plans to ramp up its military collaboration with Sweden and Finland as they seek to join NATO.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Stockholm
Sweden confirms decision to apply for Nato membership
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson called it “a historic change in our country’s security policy” as she addressed legislators.
# Sweden
Sweden's ruling Social Democratic Party backs NATO bid
The turnaround comes amid soaring political and public support in Sweden for joining the Western military alliance after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
# NATO
NATO assures Ukraine open-ended military support against Russia
NATO Jens Stoltenberg has said Ukraine can win the war against Russia.
# Russia
Finland announces 'historic' Nato bid, as Sweden holds key meeting
The move is a stunning reversal of Finland’s policy on military non-alignment dating back more than 75 years.
# Kharkiv
Ukraine 'could win war by end of year', as Putin warns Finland that joining Nato is a 'mistake'
Major General Kyrylo Budanov also made unverified claims that a coup is already under way in Moscow to depose President Vladimir Putin.
"The breaking point will be in the second part of August," Major General Kyrylo Budanov said
The intelligence chief also made unverified claims that a coup is under way in Moscow to depose Putin
Putin told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto that Finland scrapping its military neutrality would be a "mistake"
Russian soldier accused of war crime put on trial in Ukraine
# Ukraine
Kremlin warns of retaliation after Finland seeks to join Nato
Sweden is expected to follow suit within days amid fears triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
# NATO
Russia continues assault on east Ukraine as Finland moves towards joining Nato
Kyiv is preparing for its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.
Kyiv is preparing for its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.
Gazprom announced it would stop supplying gas via the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe pipeline.
Finland's president and prime minister have said they are in favour of applying for Nato membership.
Russia urged to annex Ukraine's Kherson, Moscow claims Kyiv bombed Russian city
Voices
Opinion: It's time to admit that Ireland is not neutral, nor should it be
Rory Fitzgerald says we need to get real in the debate around Irish neutrality in the face of Russian aggression in Europe.
# Sauli Niinisto
Finland’s leaders say their country must apply for Nato membership 'without delay'
The announcement paves the way for the alliance to expand amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.
# Stockholm
Sweden's ruling party to announce Nato stance on 15 May
A decision in favour of joining would in all likelihood pave the way for Sweden to submit a membership bid.