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# 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.
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
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.
# Alexander Stubb
Former Finnish Prime Minister: Neutrality is a thing of the past - now is the time to take sides
Alexander Stubb is a former Prime Minister of Finland and has dedicated his political career to campaign for Finnish NATO membership.
# Finland
Finland Ambassador: Irish neutrality debate full of 'wrong notions' and 'false asumptions'
Raili Lahnalampi has served as Finland’s senior diplomat in Dublin since 2019.
Finland gears up for historic NATO decision
Only six of Finland’s 200 MPs in a recent poll by public broadcaster Yle openly voiced anti-NATO views.
# Neutrality
Government parties vote against bill calling for a referendum on Ireland's neutrality
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said Ireland’s neutrality has never stopped us participating in world events.
Zelenskyy urges Nato to provide ‘military assistance without limitations’
In a video address, Ukraine’s president reminded Nato leaders that thousands of Ukrainians have died in the past month.
# Drills
Four US soldiers killed in plane crash during Nato exercise in Norway
The exercise was unrelated to the war in Ukraine.
# Explainer
Why did the US reject Poland's offer of Soviet-era fighter jets?
Security analyst Dr Tom Clonan said the West giving Ukraine fighter jets is much more “provocative” than anti-tank missiles.
# rejection
US rejects Poland’s jet offer for Ukraine over fears it could worsen war
Any decision to provide the MiGs would be a morale booster for Ukraine, but it also would raise the risks of a wider war.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What is NATO and what's Ireland's involvement in it?
Listen to hear Andrew Cottey from UCC to explain more.
# Ukraine
Explainer: Why a no-fly zone over Ukraine won't happen, despite Zelenskyy's plea
Ukrainian officials have continued to call for direct air-support from the international community.
# Escalation risks
Russia warns countries against hosting Ukraine military aircraft
The US said it is ‘working actively’ on a deal with Poland to supply Ukraine with jets.
Nato leaders agree to bolster eastern forces after Ukraine invasion
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance will ‘defend every ally against any attack’.
# Moscow
Russia is 'on brink' of invading Ukraine, US warns despite ongoing talks
Emmanuel Macron talked with Vladimir Putin today, before calling Volodymyr Zelensky.
Emmanuel Macron talked with Vladimir Putin today, before calling Volodymyr Zelensky
Minister Simon Coveney said that the prospect of war in Ukraine is now the expectation
Joint Russian and Belarusian military drills are continuing today amid increased tension with Ukraine
Russian troops on the border with Ukraine are 'poised to strike', says US defence secretary
# ukraine tensions
Moscow meeting: Lavrov 'disappointed' with talks as Truss asks for 'Cold War rhetoric' to be dropped
Translations of what Sergei said indicate that he described their meeting like “a mute person talking to a deaf person”.
# Diplomacy
Ukraine says Russian forces at border do not appear ready to launch a war
Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said the Russian forces are being used primarily “for political pressure and blackmail”.
Tom Clonan: Will Russia stage a 'false flag' operation as a pretext to invading Ukraine?
Throughout history, false flag operations have been mounted many times to justify the invasion of a neighbouring territory.
# Progress
Vladimir Putin says it's 'possible' to move forward on some of Macron's proposals
But the Kremlin also warned that the situation is too complex for a breakthrough after “just one meeting”.
# leaders meeting
Russia and China issue joint statement declaring opposition to any Nato expansion
Both countries also agreed on their stance that Taiwan is part of China.
# ukraine crisis
Kremlin urges US to 'stop escalating tensions' as NATO flags Russian troop build-up in Belarus
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg raised concerns about Russian troop buildup in Belarus.
# defuse
Biden to deploy 3,000 US troops to strengthen NATO forces in Poland, Germany and Romania
The proposals insist that Ukraine has a right to apply to join NATO.
The Pentagon has said the troops would be in place 'in the coming days'.
US officials have said these may be 'preliminary' steps and more troops may follow.
France is also set to send troops to bolster NATO forces.
Opinion: Putin's obsession with making Russia great again is driving his approach to Ukraine
Russia says it wants 'respectful' ties with US
# tensions
Vladimir Putin accuses West of 'ignoring Russia's fundamental concerns' about Ukraine
The Russian president was speaking last night.
# Vincent Guérend
French Ambassador offers support to Ireland ahead of 'unhelpful, not welcome' Russian exercise
French Ambassador Vincent Guérend spoke to The Journal about his country’s perspective on the Russian exercise.
Tom Clonan: Russia's decision to locate off Ireland gives the two-fingers to the US, EU & NATO
The security analyst says it also demonstrates Ireland’s failure to meet the minimum standards of our Neutral status.
# Ukraine
Nato outlines ‘deterrence’ plan as tensions with Russia soar
The US and the UK have confirmed they are withdrawing diplomats from their embassies in Ukraine.
# Atlantic
Russia to conduct missile tests in Irish-patrolled waters 240km off south-west coast
The missile test will take place in the first week of February in the Atlantic Ocean.
Tom Clonan: Is Russia planning on invading Ukraine?
The security expert looks at the likelihood of an all-out invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and how it will play out on a global stage.
# Ukraine
US and Nato reject Russian demands for easing Ukraine tensions, but open to future talks
US secretary of state Wendy Sherman reaffirmed that some of Putin’s security demands “are simply non-starters”.
# Ukraine
NATO says 'real' risk of Ukraine attack as readies Russia talks
High-ranking officials from the United States and Russia are set to hold talks in Geneva on Monday.
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# Russia
Putin warns West of military measures over Ukraine threats
He said Russia “will react toughly to unfriendly steps”, adding that he wanted to underscore that “we have every right to do so”.
# Jens Stoltenberg
NATO chief rejects Russia's demand to deny Ukraine entry
Jens Stoltenberg was speaking at a joint news conference with Germany’s Chacellor Olaf Scholz.
# Explainer
Explainer: What's happening on the Russia-Ukraine border and how likely is an invasion?
Nearly 100,000 Russian troops have massed on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks.
Biden promises support for Ukraine and sanctions for Moscow if Russia invades neighbour
Joe Biden warns Putin of 'unprecedented sanctions' if Russia invades Ukraine
# Russia
US warns Russia of 'high-impact' sanctions if it invades Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today he wanted “concrete agreements” from NATO that it would not expand eastwards.
# Afghanistan
Talks with Taliban must continue to evacuate more people, Merkel says
The Taliban’s chief spokesman said the group wanted “strong and official diplomatic relations with Germany”.