Finland must consider joining NATO without Sweden, the Finnish foreign minister said Tuesday, after Turkey indicated it would not approve Sweden’s bid following a burning of the Koran outside its Stockholm embassy. Both Scandinavian countries applied join the Atlantic alliance after Russia invaded Ukraine. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).
8:56am: Ukrainian deputy defence minister resigns, citing ‘baseless’ corruption allegations
Ukraine‘s deputy defence minister responsible for supplying troops with food and equipment resigned on Tuesday morning, citing “media accusations” of corruption that he and the ministry say are baseless.
A statement on the defence ministry’s website said that Vyacheslav Shapovalov’s resignation was “a worthy deed” that would help retain trust in the ministry.
8:35am: Finland must consider joining NATO without Sweden, Finnish FM says
Finland must consider joining NATO without Sweden, the Finnish foreign minister said Tuesday, after Turkey indicated it would not approve Sweden’s bid following a burning of the Koran outside its Stockholm embassy.
“We have to assess the situation, whether something has happened that in the longer term would prevent Sweden from going ahead,” Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said, adding that it was “too early to take a position on that now” and that a joint application remains the “first option”.
4:35am: Ukraine sanctions 22 associated with Russian Orthodox Church
Ukraine has imposed sanctions on 22 Russians associated with the Russian Orthodox Church for what President Volodymyr Zelensky said was their support of genocide under the cloak of religion.
According to a decree issued by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the list includes Mikhail Gundayev, who represents the Russian Orthodox Church in the World Council of Churches and other international organizations in Geneva. Russian state media reported that Gundayev is a nephew of the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, whom Ukraine sanctioned last year.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)