Vilnius County

Zelensky to meet Erdoğan in Istanbul

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky will pay a visit to Türkiye upon the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the ongoing Russian occupation of Ukraine and its implications, a week before the key NATO summit. It will be Zelensky's first visit to Türkiye since the war began on Feb. 24, 2022.

Biden tells Swedish PM 'looking forward' to NATO bid's approval

US President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Wednesday that he is "looking forward" to Sweden's stalled NATO membership bid winning final approval, as the Western alliance prepares for next week's summit.

Speaking in the Oval Office, Biden said he wanted to reiterate that he "fully, fully supports Sweden's membership in NATO."

Wait-and-see mood in Athens over Turkey

Greek diplomacy is preparing for the conclusion of the meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Vilnius (July 11-12), which will indicate whether the initiatives taken in the coming period are likely to lead to a resumption of the existing channels (confidence building measures and exploratory contacts).

NATO again extends Stoltenberg’s mandate, happy with a safe pair of hands as the war drags on

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will stay in office for another year, the 31-nation military alliance decided on Tuesday.

Stoltenberg said in a tweet that he is "honored by NATO Allies' decision to extend my term as Secretary General until 1 October 2024."