Ukraine & Sweden Membership, Regional Defense and More On NATO Summit Agenda

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This week during NATO’s summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, topics on the agenda include Ukraine and Sweden membership, revision of regional defense plans should the war in Ukraine spread and more. While U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is pushing for Ukraine’s admittance into NATO, members of his own party disagree and even President Joe Biden has said that Ukraine is “not ready” for NATO membership. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg plans to push Sweden’s membership. Long-time holdout Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has revealed that Turkey would support Swedish membership if Europe would “open the way” for Turkey’s admission into the EU.  Also to be discussed is raising the number of troops from about 40,000 to 300,000 available to move to its eastern flank within 30 days. An important unknown is Belarus which has recently received tactical nuclear weapons from Russia and has offered refuge to the recently exiled Wagner mercenaries.