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Friday, August 05, 2022

"Enlarging NATO is exactly the opposite of what Putin envisioned when he ordered his tanks to invade Ukraine," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said ahead of the vote.

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...The US Senate has ratified its support for Sweden and Finland to join the NATO alliance with an overwhelming 95-1 vote.

President Joe Biden is expected to sign off quickly, moving the two Nordic nations one step closer to joining NATO, a development that looked impossible at the start of the year but has moved quickly following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Given the current climate in Washington, where politics usually trumps policy -- see the recent fight over healthcare for veterans -- the bipartisan vote is a strong sign of support for alliance expansion....

All 30 members of NATO have to ratify a new member before they can join. So far, the process has moved at blazing speed, with 22 nations having approved Sweden and Finland's request before the US vote: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom had all previously approved the agreement, with France and Italy both ratifying it earlier today.

That leaves Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey and Hungary still to go.

Those last two are likely going to be the biggest hurdles:

Turkey already held up the process once, only allowing the nominations to move forward after Sweden and Finland acquiesced to security concerns, and there is speculation Ankara may slow roll the process on its end in order to hold the Nordic nations feet to the fire.

Hungary's leader, Viktor Orban, is perhaps the closest NATO leader to Russian President Vladimir Putin and has had repeated clashes with the European Union; he may look to use the NATO process to win political concessions elsewhere....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-05 12:24 PM | Reply

It's nice of putin's puppets to show us all who they are.

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-05 06:50 PM | Reply

@#2

That raises an interesting thought....

How does NATO handle it if one of the member countries, let's say, goes over to the other side?

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-05 06:53 PM | Reply

Related?

Putin hosts Erdogan for talks on trade, Ukraine, Syria
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...Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Russia Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a grain deal brokered by Turkey and the U.N., prospects for talks on ending hostilities in Ukraine, the situation in Syria and growing economic ties between Moscow and Ankara.

Speaking at the start of the meeting at Putin's Black Sea residence in Sochi, Erdogan said their negotiations would help "put forward the role that Turkey and Russia play in the region." He cast the talks as pivotal, saying they were being watched closely by the rest of the world.

"Today, of, course, the world's eye is on Sochi," Erdogan said. "They are following it, wondering what is being discussed and done in Sochi."...



#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-05 06:57 PM | Reply

Josh Hawley is a traitor.

#5 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-08-06 10:29 AM | Reply

They both will never join NATO unless Turkey is kicked out.

Probably the best outcome is for neither country to join.

NATO is just too militant and not a force for peace.

The Ukraine has learned how worthless the promises made are.

NATO is a private club to keep everyone else down.

#6 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-08-06 03:35 PM | Reply

#1

Completely unrelated, but I spent the last 1.5 weeks road tripping around the Balkans. Mostly in Albania.

It was pretty badass. You sort of come across as one of the few who would appreciate a Balkans road trip.

Albania is sick, BTW. and Bosnia does not get any of the recognition it deserves. Absolutely beautiful. Although there were a bunch of forest fires. There were times when we were driving and both sides of the road were burning.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-08-06 03:45 PM | Reply


Absolutely beautiful. Although there were a bunch of forest fires. There were times when we were driving and both sides of the road were burning.

So its similar to California?

#8 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-06 04:11 PM | Reply

Eat it Putz

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-08-06 10:59 PM | Reply

LOL stupid Putin thought he could break NATO and instead made it bigger, stronger, and closer to Moscow.

How many new miles of border are now protected by NATO?

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-06 11:08 PM | Reply

How many new miles of border are now protected by NATO?

No more than before right now. Still 7 countries left to approve membership.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-06 11:13 PM | Reply

It's only a matter of time till Putin attacks Turkey in some fashion.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-06 11:21 PM | Reply

It's only a matter of time till Putin attacks Turkey in some fashion.

I don't think Vlad has that much time... he's got his hands full now. His successor perhaps.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-06 11:29 PM | Reply

Putin's death will be like that of Stalin.

The insuing power struggle real life black comedy after which his successor will before their congress list a series of Putin's crimes and denounce him for it.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-07 12:14 AM | Reply

"So its similar to California?"

It far prettier than California, but sort of similar. Think of CA as a cheap knock-off of the Dalmatian coast.

And the best thing - it's not full of Californians

#15 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-08-07 03:09 AM | Reply

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