Ukraine LIVE: Massive blunder Putin plot backfires as TWO new countries to join NATO

Russia would ‘rebalance’ if Finland joins NATO says Peskov

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Membership for Sweden and Finland has been a “topic of conversation and multiple sessions”, one senior US official said, adding: “How can this be anything but a massive strategic blunder for Putin?”
Over the weekend Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said it was time the country reconsidered its stance on the military alliance as the situation in Ukraine is “very severe”. Her Swedish counterpart Magdalena Andersson said she does not “exclude NATO membership in any way”.

Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov warned that if Finland and Sweeden did join NATO Russia would have to take “additional measures”.

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First EU leader to meet Putin face-to-face

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow later today. 

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Nehammer said Austria has a “clear position” on the Russian invasion of Ukraine which “has to stop.”

The Chancellor added: “It needs humanitarian corridors, a ceasefire and full investigation of war crimes.”

He will become the first EU leader to meet Putin face-to=face since the war began almost seven weeks ago. 

Austria is one of six EU countries that are not members of NATO and is officially non-aligned militarily.

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