Sweden aims to join NATO as Turkey decouples Nordic bids | World news

STOCKHOLM — Sweden will continue its efforts to convince Turkey to cancel the accession of the largest Scandinavian country to NATO after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the door to Finland’s accession. Erdogan’s decision on Friday to instruct parliament to ratify Finland’s application dashed the Nordic countries’ hopes of a parallel accession process. Hungary’s announcement … Read more

Black Sea Grains Agreement Extended in Last-Minute Negotiations | World news

MOSCOW – Russia and Ukraine have agreed to extend the crucial Black Sea grain deal. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first to confirm that the deal would go through after Sunday. “Following our talks with both parties, we have secured the renewal of the deal, which was due to expire on March 19,” … Read more

Turkey still hopes to extend the grain deal with Ukraine

Turkey hopes a grain export deal between Kiev and Moscow, which is essential to easing the global food crisis, can be extended for another 120 days, but time is running out. The current deal expires just before midnight on Saturday, Istanbul time. “The deadline is approaching,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday. “We … Read more

Turkiye’s president says he will support Finland’s NATO bid

Turkiye President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his government would move forward with the ratification of Finland’s NATO application, paving the way for the country to join the military bloc ahead of Sweden. The breakthrough came when Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was in Ankara for a meeting with Erdogan. Both Finland and Sweden … Read more

Syrian Assad would like more Russian bases and troops

By Guy Faulconbridge and Caleb Davis MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said on Thursday he would welcome any Russian proposals to set up new military bases and increase the number of troops in the country in the Middle East, suggesting that the military presence of Russia should become there permanently. When Russia intervened … Read more