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Joe Biden meets with Sweden and Finland leaders

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U.S. President Joe Biden has met with the leaders of both Sweden and Finland as the two Nordic nations move forward with their NATO memberships

The President is offering full administrative support from his country, as fellow member Turkey warns it will block any attempt by either country to join the alliance.

Sweden’s Prime Minister and Finland’s President joined Biden in the White House Rose Garden, standing in front of each nation’s flag in a public sign of solidarity.

The U.S. leader says the addition of Finland and Sweden will make NATO stronger.

The Biden administration begun submitting paperwork to Congress for approval once Finland and Sweden gave the go ahead.

But Turkey is expressing strong opposition to the alliance expansion, requesting Sweden to halt support for Kurdish militants and asking both applicants to lift their bans on some arms sales with the opposing nation.

All 30 NATO members need to approve any new entrant, making Turkey’s approval critical.

Finland’s President says his government is open to discussing all Turkey’s concerns, all in an attempt to strengthen transatlantic security.

Sweden’s Prime Minister says now more than ever, it’s great to be supported by close allies.

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Russia abandons Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island

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Russia has departed the strategic Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island’ with many viewing this as a win for Ukraine

The abandonment of this outpost could loosen Russia’s grip over Ukrainian ports.

Russia says the withdrawal is a “gesture of goodwill” demonstrating it is not obstructing U.N. efforts to open a humanitarian corridor.

But Ukraine disputes this, saying its military forces have driven Russia away, following an artillery and missile assault.

The chief of staff to Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted “KABOOM!”,confirming no Russian troops are on the Snake Island anymore.

This of course comes as Sweden and Finland join NATO, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noting the strategic alliance is ready for all eventualities.

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How much financial aid can the U.S. provide Ukraine?

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The U.S. and NATO will stick by Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’ continuing to aid the nation as it stands up to Putin’s war machine

As the historic summit wraps up, the military alliance has promised to deliver hundreds of thousands of additional troops to defend eastern Europe.

Joe Biden also announced a further $800 million in military aid for Ukraine.

When pressed about just how much financial aid the U.S. can provide, Biden remained firm in his support for the war-torn country.

The war is now in its fifth month, and not even the U-S President is game to predict how the conflict is going to end, but he is confident it won’t end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine.

Biden labeled the NATO summit ‘historic’ as the West reacts to ongoing Russian aggression and the ever-increasing global dominance of China.

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Richard Branson offers support to Kyiv on an historic visit

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Billionaire Richard Branson has visited Kyiv, where he met with President Zelensky

Richard Branson has toured some of the sites where Russian attacks have devastated Ukraine.

He says the sights are “appalling” and describes Russia’s military presence as “an invasion”.

“My main purpose in going to Kyiv was to meet and listen to Ukrainians, to understand their fears and concerns and also to learn what business, in partnership with civil society and governments, can do to support Ukraine most effectively.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The pair reportedly discussed assistance the billionaire can offer, and comes days after the Ukraine capital city was bombed for the first time in weeks.

Branson is the latest in a string of big names to visit the war-torn nation, and comes just a day after Sean Penn visited President Zelensky.

“In the eyes of the world and his own people, the President has emerged as a rare wartime leader who projects both unbreakable spirit and indefatigable determination to see this war through and repel the aggression.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The Virgin Chief Executive visited in Poland, where he met with business leaders.

“The least the rest of the world can do is to give our unwavering and unconditional support until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian territory,” he says.

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