Enlargement of NATO
Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin says Finland will decide on NATO membership within "weeks", after Russia warned the country against joining the Western military alliance.
Sources: BBC News
Sources: BBC News
Prime Minister Sanna Marin says that a decision on Finland joining the NATO military alliance must be made before this summer, stating that "Russia is not the neighbor we thought it was".
The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo approves a resolution urgently requesting the government to begin negotiations for the country's entry into NATO.
Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova warns both Finland and Sweden that they could face "detrimental military and political consequences" if they attempt to join NATO.
Finland declares a state of emergency amidst an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Sanna Marin says that the emergency controls will allow the government to close schools and restaurants and limit movement between regions.
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin declares a state of emergency and closes all schools until April 13 in response to the coronavirus.
Following his meeting at Finnish President Sauli Niinistö's residence, Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Russia would respect Finland's choice whether to join NATO, though as part of NATO's military infrastructure, Finnish Defence Forces would overnight be at the borders of the Russian Federation. Putin and Niinistö call for improved security in Baltic airspace where Russian and Western aircraft have had close encounters in recent months.
NATO reopens informal talks with Russia for the first time in nearly two years. According to the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg "NATO and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements, today’s meeting did not change that."
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces the invitation sent to Montenegro to join the military alliance, 16 years after the country, as part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, was bombed by the alliance in the Kosovo War. Montenegro's accession would result in "retaliatory actions", according to a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal envoy warns Finland against joining NATO.
NATO and Russia conduct first-ever joint military exercises, codenamed 'Vigilant Skies 2011', to improve cooperation to protect passenger flights between NATO member states and Russia and to prevent hijackings such as the September 11 attacks. [http:--www.google.com-hostednews-afp-article-ALeqM5hQF7VtCdR9EUjyWhPLTni1OqWQlg?docId=CNG.a18ed43041c849816c2cfb3ba8d306c9.621 (AFP)] [https:--www.reuters.com-article-2011-06-07-us-russia-nato-exercise-idUSTRE7564T720110607 (Reuters)] [https:--www.npr.org-templates-story-story.php?storyId=137027665 (NPR)]date=August 2019