Status: 06/29/2022 01:36
Ukrainian President Zelensky called Russia a “terrorist state” before the UN Security Council. US President Biden welcomes Turkey’s green light for Sweden and Finland to join NATO. All developments in the live blog.
Lithuanian president insists on stronger NATO presence in Baltic states
Shortly before the NATO summit, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda again insisted on a stronger NATO presence in the area of the Eastern alliance. Given Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the transition from deterrence to forward defense had to be completed at the summit meeting in Madrid, Nauseda told the German Press Agency. The old trigger logic of NATO for the defense of the Baltic States is no longer viable. More ground troops are needed in the Baltic states and on NATO’s eastern flank, the Lithuanian head of state said. Air defense instead of air surveillance is also needed.
Biden hails Turkey’s green light for Sweden and Finland to join NATO
US President Joe Biden hailed the end of Turkish resistance to Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Biden said overnight that he congratulated the three countries on the agreement that Ankara had pledged to support Stockholm and Helsinki’s membership aspirations. “Finland and Sweden are strong democracies with very capable armed forces,” the US president said. “Your membership will strengthen NATO’s collective security and benefit the entire transatlantic alliance.” Ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid, which begins today, Biden said the Western military alliance was “stronger, more united and more determined than ever.”
Zelensky calls Putin a ‘terrorist’
Ukrainian President Zelensky has verbally attacked Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin after the deadly rocket hit a shopping center in Kremenchuk. Zelenskyy said in a video address to the UN Security Council that Putin was a “terrorist”. He also called for Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations and the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate Russian actions in Ukraine. Zelenskyi ended his speech by calling on all members of the UN’s highest body to stand for a minute of silence in memory of the “tens of thousands” of children and adults who have been killed in the war so far. . All representatives of the council members stood, including the Russian deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky.