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Sweden To Join NATO After Historic Summit

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In a sudden twist in developments late on Monday, Turkey dropped its objections to Sweden joining NATO, just a day after conditioning Sweden’s membership in the military alliance on Turkey’s EU membership. Erdogan’s decision to drop the conditions and previous objections to Sweden’s NATO bid came on the eve of the NATO summit on Tuesday in Lithuania. Sweden will now become NATO’s 32nd member (after Finland was sworn in earlier this year). NATO is also set to make a decision on Ukraine’s potential for membership in the military alliance, with the White House determined to wash this under the table by giving the country a “path” to NATO membership, but no actual membership, which would not be considered until there is an end to the war. Russia responded to the NATO moves with a drone attack on Kyiv in a fair amount of saber-rattling following the NATO summit. Moscow also said it would consider Western-supplied F-16 fighter jets for Ukraine as a “nuclear” threat given their capacity to carry atomic bombs.

Reports have emerged out of Moscow that despite the failed mutiny launched by Wager’s Prigozhin, companies linked to him have been awarded over 1 billion rubles in government contracts this month, all of them in catering services. At the same time, it remains unclear where Prigozhin is, with a US military source vaguely mentioning that he is likely traveling between…

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