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Your Evening Briefing: Putin’s New Warning to Nations Joining NATO

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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin has already warned Sweden and Finland against joining NATO, a move both nations are heading toward in response to his invasion of Ukraine and the thousands of civilians his soldiers have killed there. Now Putin says Russia’s “response” to them joining NATO would come if the two Nordic nations expand their “military infrastructure.” As Finland and Sweden are preparing to deliver their formal applications to join the military alliance, European Union members continue their struggle to impose sanctions on Russian oil, with Hungary’s Viktor Orban blocking progress. On Monday, there was no sign of a breakthrough as foreign ministers sent the issue back to ambassadors for further negotiations. In the meantime, the EU said gas importers in the bloc could continue paying for Russian fuel without breaking sanctions

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