FAST FIVE: NATO Issues Formal Invitation For Finland, Sweden To Join Alliance As Biden "Thanks" Erdogan

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NATO Issues Formal Invitation For Finland, Sweden To Join Alliance As Biden “Thanks” Erdogan The huge development out of the Madrid NATO summit yesterday was Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dropping his veto over Finland and Sweden's application for membership, unveiled in a joint communique issued by the three countries.

While not mentioning Russia's 'red line' issue of future potential Ukraine membership in the Western military alliance, the statement still spelled out that NATO “fully supports” Ukraine's “inherent right to self-defense and to choose its own security arrangements.” But within the document, there are “partner” countries named which is sure to be seen as immensely provocative in Moscow, particularly Georgia and Moldova: “In light of the changed security environment in Europe, we have decided on new measures to step up tailored political and practical support to partners, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova.

Also on Wednesday NATO labeled Russia the most “direct threat” facing the alliance today, and vowed to take further steps at modernizing Ukraine's military.

The alliance statement said Russia is the “most significant and direct threat to the allies' security and stability.” President Biden at the summit also announced a beefed up and permanent US military presence in Eastern Europe, namely in Poland.

Look at me as Biden and Erdogan look at each other with love pic.twitter.com/Qrwp2egt9c – Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) June 29, 2022 Tyler Durden Wed, 06/29/2022 – 12:25.

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