Ukraine’s Zelenskyy visits Turkey, where Erdogan is expected to press for negotiations to end war

ISTANBUL (AP) — Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was in Istanbul on Friday for talks with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoganwhose NATO member state has sought to balance its close ties with both Kiev and Moscow and has repeatedly offered to act as a peace mediator between them. During the talks in Istanbul, Erdogan was … Read more

NATO to fly Sweden’s flag on Monday – POLITICO

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Foreign Minister Tobias Billström travel to Washington today. Sweden’s accession documentation will be officially filed with the US Department of State, formally ending the process. Sweden cleared the final hurdle to becoming the country’s 32nd ally last week, after Hungary – the last remnant among member states – held … Read more

Why is Erdogan so obsessed with Israel? Expert reveals explanation

Following recent reports of Turkey’s arrest of alleged Mossad collaborators, Maariv spoke with Dr. Eitan Hai HaCohen Yanorjak, an expert on Turkey, who explained what caused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change his rhetoric on Israel. “Erdogan is once again facing internal political challenges in Turkey, and the easiest way to appeal to … Read more

Senators warily allow F-16 sale to Turkey as part of NATO expansion agreement. ‘A deal’s a deal’

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. senators declined Thursday to block the treaty sale of F-16s to Turkey, despite expressing deep contempt for Turkey’s behavior as an ally. They held out at one unofficial bargain that Turks would get the fighter jets if they stopped blocking Sweden’s accession to NATO. “A deal is a deal,” said Sen. … Read more

Hungary’s Orbán gives his nod to Sweden’s NATO bid – POLITICO

“Given the indications of the Hungarian government, I would not approve further cooperation with Hungary in the field of military equipment,” he said. ‘Very childish’ Bringing the Swedish prime minister to Budapest was likely a boost for Orbán, said Márton Tompos, a Hungarian lawmaker from the opposition Momentum Movement. “We shouldn’t underestimate the ego part,” … Read more

Former Finland PM Alexander Stubb wins presidential election  – POLITICO

After attending school in Finland and later in the US, Belgium and Britain, Stubb entered politics in 2004 as a member of the European Parliament. He made a big impression on the Finns in 2008 when – to his own surprise – he was appointed foreign minister. Praised by allies for his energetic approach to … Read more

American allies brace for a bumpy ride ahead of possible Trump-Biden rematch

LONDON (AP) — As chances rise of a Joe Biden-Donald Trump rematch in the U.S. presidential election race, America’s allies are bracing for a bumpy ride. Many worry that a second term for Trump would be an earthquake, but tremors already abound — and concerns are rising that the U.S. could grow less dependable regardless … Read more