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NATO endorses new Strategic Concept

Madrid 30.06.2022 NATO heads of state and government meeting in Madrid on Wednesday 29 June 2022 approved a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance, setting out the priorities, core tasks and approaches for the next decade. The concept describes the security environment facing the Alliance, reaffirms our values, and spells out the NATO key purpose of ensuring our collective defence. It further sets out NATO three core tasks of deterrence and defence; crisis prevention and management; and cooperative security.

The document defines Russia as the “most significant and direct threat” to Allies’ security, while addressing China for the first time and the challenges that Beijing poses toward Allies’ security, interests and values. The documents also states that climate change is “a defining challenge of our time”. The Strategic Concept is updated roughly every decade and is NATO’s second most important document. It reaffirms the values of the Alliance, provides a collective assessment of security challenges and guides the Alliance’s political and military activities. The previous version was adopted at the NATO Lisbon Summit in 2010.

Ahead of the Summit thousands of protesters marched in Madrid on Sunday,Juin 26, against a NATO plans to launch a new arms race.

Leaders of member countries meet in Madrid on June 29-30, amid tight security, as the organisation faces the unprecedented challenge of Russia refusal of NATO expansion further to the East to Ukraine and Georgia.
However, in spite of Russian opposition to the NATO plans, Finland and Sweden have started the process of joining the Alliance.

NATO: Turkey opens perspective to Scandinavians

Madrid 29.06.2022 Turkey Sweden and Finland signed a trilateral memorandum on Tuesday, 28 Juin, in view of the perspective of the Nordic countries’ NATO membership process after an important meeting in Madrid in which Ankara has framed its demands, especially in the field of terrorism.

Turkey “got what it wanted” from the talks with Sweden and Finland talks, the Turkish presidency said in a written statement, underlining that full cooperation was agreed on with Turkey on fighting the PKK terrorist group and its affiliates.

Solidarity will be demonstrated towards Turkey in its fight against all branches of terrorism, it said. Furthermore, Sweden and Finland also agreed not to support the PKK organization’s Syrian wing, the YPG, as well as the Gülenists Group (FETÖ), all of them regarded as extremists in Ankara.

“As prospective NATO Allies, Finland and Sweden extend their full support to Turkey against threats to its national security,” the trilateral memorandum read.

“To that effect, Finland and Sweden will not provide support to the YPG/PYD, and the organization described as FETÖ in Turkey” the document continues.

“Finland and Sweden reject and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in the strongest terms,” it continued, highlighting that Finland and Sweden condemn all terrorist organizations perpetrating attacks against Turkey, and express their deepest solidarity with Ankara.

“Finland and Sweden commit to preventing activities of the PKK and all other terrorist organizations and their extensions, as well as activities by individuals in affiliated and inspired groups or networks linked to these terrorist organizations,” the memorandum said, adding that Finland and Sweden will address the issue of Turkey’s pending deportation or extradition requests of terror suspects expeditiously.

However, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told reporters after the meeting that the trilateral memorandum does not list individuals for extradition but rather describes principles for extraditions related to terrorism, not individual citizens.

NATO leaders will formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance Wednesday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said during the membership process.

“I’m pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO. Turkey, Finland and Sweden have signed a memorandum that addresses Turkey’s concerns, including around arms exports, and the fight against terrorism,” Stoltenberg said Tuesday after crunch talks in Madrid.

The Turkish presidency added that the Nordic countries have also agreed to lift their embargoes on weapons deliveries to Turkey, which were imposed in response to Ankara’s 2019 operation into Syria.

The two countries will ban “fundraising and recruitment activities” for the PKK, and “prevent terrorist propaganda against Turkey.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted Sweden and Finland to abandon their long-held nonaligned status and apply to join NATO. However, Turkey had opposed the move on the grounds that these two countries were supporting terrorist organizations.

The agreement comes at the opening of a crucial summit dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. U.S. President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders arrived in Madrid for a summit that will set the course of the alliance for the coming years. The summit was kicking off with a leaders’ dinner hosted by Spain’s King Felipe VI at the 18th-century Royal Palace of Madrid.

Diplomats and leaders from Turkey, Sweden and Finland earlier held a flurry of talks in an attempt to break the impasse over Turkey’s opposition to expansion. The three countries’ leaders met for more than two hours alongside Stoltenberg on Tuesday, Juin 28, before the agreement was announced.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson hailed the “very good agreement” with Turkey and said the move would make the alliance stronger.

“Taking the next step toward a full NATO membership is of course important for Sweden and Finland. But it’s also a very important step for NATO, because our countries will be security providers within NATO,” Andersson told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in an interview.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also hailed Turkey’s agreement to drop its objections to Finland’s and Sweden’s membership of NATO.

“Fantastic news as we kick off the NATO Summit. Sweden and Finland’s membership will make our brilliant alliance stronger and safer,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.

On the other side, a U.S. official said on the same day that Turkey did not demand concessions from Washington to support Finland and Sweden.

“There was no request from the Turkish side for the Americans to make a particular concession,” a senior administration official told reporters.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official called Turkey’s decision a “powerful shot in the arm” for NATO unity, Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah writes.

Estonia indignent over Putin’s remarks

Brussels 11.06.2022 President Vladimir Putin paid tribute to Tsar Peter the Great (pictured) on the 350th anniversary of his birth, drawing a parallel between what he portrayed as their twin historic quests to win back Russian lands.

“Peter the Great waged the Great Northern War for 21 years. It would seem that he was at war with Sweden, he took something from them. He did not take anything from them, he returned (what was Russia’s),” Putin said after visiting an exhibition dedicated to the tsar.

“Peter I fought the Northern War for 21 years. It would seem that he fought with Sweden and rejected something there. He didn’t reject anything! He returned,” the head of state explained.

He noted that the fate of modern Russia also fell to “return and strengthen” its sovereignty and territories.

In 1721, the Northern War, which had lasted two decades, ended. The result was that the aspirations of the Muscovite tsars to establish themselves on the Baltic shores became a fait accompli. On August 30, 1721, in the town of Nystadt, the Swedes concluded a peace treaty with the Russians: the victories of Russian arms left little hope to win.

Sweden forever parted with Livonia, Estonia, Ingria and part of Karelia with Vyborg. Russia, on the other hand, had to return Finland to the Swedes, and also pay 2 million efimki (silver coins), or 56 tons of silver, for new territories. The money for those days and even today was huge, and in its own way they helped Sweden to improve the economic situation that had been shaken during the war. But the geopolitical losses could not be replenished.

EU: Sweden moves towards NATO

Brussels 16.05.2022 “Let me stress my strong support to Sweden and Finland. Some minutes ago, I had a conversation with the Swedish Minister [for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde], who was kind enough to call me, to inform that the process has started, that they are going to inform the King, and that there is strong support for this decision inside the Swedish society and the Swedish political spectrum” the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell said at the doorstep of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels.

“So, I think the European Union Member States will support this decision, and I hope we could override the opposition of some members of NATO,” he added.

Finland and Sweden way to NATO

Brussels 11.04.2022 Sweden and Finland may join NATO as early as this summer, the Times newspaper reported citing its sources. (Image: Sandra Marin Prime minister of Finland).

According to the news outlet, it is expected that Finland will apply for its membership in June and Sweden will follow.

The governments of Sweden and Finland are co-operating on reaching consensus on the matter domestically, however, the final decision will be made by each country independently.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the possible NATO membership of Sweden and Finland became one of the most debated subjects during the April 6-7 meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

Sweden joins Ice Age wolf research

A 40,000-year-old severed wolf’s head, preserved by permafrost intact with teeth and fur, has been discovered in eastern SiberiaLocals looking for mammoth ivory found the remains on the banks of the Indigirka River in Yakutia, before bringing it to the mammoth studies department at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha.

Albert Protopopov, director of the department, said that while frozen wolf cubs had been unearthed in the past, the discovery of an adult wolf’s head was novel.

After the experts studied the discovery, it turned out that the hair on the wolf’s head resembles the mammoth cover. According to researchers, the animal has had time to grow up: the age of the beast is estimated from about two to four years, and his brain is undamaged, which will allow to continue the research.The discovery was made in 2018, but the study was carried out only now, with the relevant presentation of the findings.

These are the first remains of an adult (2-4) wolf of the Pleistocene era, found in excellent condition. Now, scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History will examine the DNA of the head and compare genetic information with data from modern wolves.

The Yakut wolf’s head had already made a sensation exhibited in Tokyo as part of an exposition dedicated to woolly mammoths and other creatures whose remains were found in permafrost.

Business refuses operations in Sweden ‘no-go’ zones

The U.S. shipping company UPS has refused delivering goods to a notorious neighborhood Rosengård (Rose Garden) in
Malmo, Sweden, nowadays often called “no-go zone.” The decision to stop operations in the area came after a wave of attacks on the company drivers.

The UPS company experience in the area, including robberies and related crimes, resulted in a responsible decision to stop the exposure of the personnel to dangers of ‘no-go” zone by avoiding  it.

Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan refered to an employee of the company who confirmed: “Our drivers have been attacked and therefore we have decided not to hand out packages at Rosengård.”

Sweden welcomed more refugees per capita than any other European Union member-state. In the past five years, the country of 10 million hosted more than 400,000 asylum-seekers and their relatives.

The city of Malmo, just across the Oresund Strait from the Danish capital Copenhagen, has experienced the biggest influx of  migrants per capita. 

Previously known for its ethnic mono culture with only 1% of the population foreign born, half from neighboring Nordic countries—Sweden has become a top destination for economic migrants and asylum seekers, who are attracted to the stability, wealth and strong social welfare system.

Today the foreign-born Swedish population stands close to 20% out of 10.1 million inhabitants, not including asylum seekers—of whom there were over 160,000 in 2015, reaching the climax of the demand, with the majority of arrivals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Turkey and Afghanistan.

Malmö and the area experienced  the steep rise of сrime reflecting in the  most deadly shootings in Sweden last year, with the city’s ongoing migrant gang war leaving 14 dead and 28 wounded, according to police statistics.

Libyan pedophile temporarily banned from EU

After 15 years ban, a Libyan pedophile rapist will be have an opportunity to come back to the European Union, Swedish press explains.

The African who raped a Swedish child says he was looking for someone to rape that day, and he didn’t care if it was a child, news outlet Fria Tider reports.

The 30-year-old Libyan who was charged with a brutal rape of a 9-year-old girl in Malmö earlier this year was sentenced by the District Court for aggravated rape of a child.

The penalty will be six years imprisonment and expulsion, but not for life – after 15 years, the pedophile rapist is welcome back” – Voice of Europe online explains.

He lured the plaintiff into a garbage bin room and locked the door. He wrestled her to the ground, hit her in the face, pulled off her clothes on the lower body and held her legs,  the newspaper continues the description of crime.

He strangled her and inflicted a bruise on her neck so that she felt pain and had difficulty breathing. He further threatened to beat her if she did not stop screaming.”

The man, who in media has been called “the father of young children” has admitted committing the crime.

According to the judgment, the Libyan was in the area “to look for a girl to rape, and he did not care if the girl was a child”. He wanted to have vaginal intercourse with her and therefore told her to “open” her legs during the assault.

The man is a citizen of Libya, but has a permanent residency in Sweden since November 2010.

The Libyan rapist has three underage children in Sweden and has been convicted several times before of violent and predatory crimes without being expelled.

The penalty will be imprisonment for six years and expulsion from the country for 15 years, and payment of  €17,000 in damages to the girl.

The Libyan rapist is also sentenced for minor assault, two cases of sexual harassment, theft, minor drug offences and a knife violation, however non of the mentioned crimes was a reason for the authorities to imitate an expulsionChild road procedure.

Uzbek refugees charged with terrorism in Sweden

For more than a year, the three men from Central Asia  planned a terrorist attack against Sweden, according to the prosecutor,  Expressen newspaper reports.

They have bought hundreds of kilos of chemicals that can be used to make explosives and put pictures on terror targets in Stockholm.

At the same time, they and another three men have sent money to the Islamic state.

Expressen has close up of the suspects.

On July 5, 2017, 46-year-old construction worker David Idrisson  writes a chat message to an acquaintance who is in Syria, in an area controlled by the Islamic state: We need a car mechanic.” The answer: “Big brother, the best mechanics are with you. Or do you need someone who can decorate the car when to go and undergo marriage? Big brother, if you want, I can send you a video that teaches about how to decorate the car and I will also contact some brothers who are involved in decorating cars before the wedding if God wants.

May God reward you,” writes Idrisson.

This is one of many conversations included in the evidence that the prosecutor invokes for David Idrisson and his two co-defendants Atabek Abdullaev, 39, and Bakhtiyor Umarov, 30, for more than a year to prepare a terrorist act in Sweden.

David Idrisson (46) Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation for terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Was the one who bought the chemicals as the prosecution applies. Also charged for small drug offenses after police found 49 grams of cannabis in his car. Citizen of Uzbekistan.  Registered in the Stockholm area but lives according to their own declaration in Strömsund in Jämtland. Divorced, state that he has eleven children.

He arrived to Sweden under refugee quota and received a residence permit in 2008. The Migration Board stated that he was harassed by the Uzbek authorities because he was a practicing Muslim. Has changed its name in Sweden in the meantime. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

Bakhtiyor Umarov, 30 Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation of terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Also charged for having used a false Greek passport when he transferred money to a recipient in Turkey. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered home address  in Stockholm. Married, his wife and children live in Turkey. Arrived in Sweden the first time in 2011. Returned in 2012 to Uzbekistan and then lived in Russia and later Turkey. On December 30, he traveled from Istanbul to Sweden and applied for asylum. Has told the Swedish Migration Board that he has been harassed by the Uzbek security service.Has written in a chat that he lived together with the man who carried out the terrorist attack against the nightclub Reina in Istanbul New Year’s night 2017. During the investigation, he suggested that he confused the assassin with someone else. In a chat he said that he is watching videos with decapitations with his two-year-old son. Propaganda of the Islamic state has been found in his phone and computer. He has admitted that his voice is heard in a propaganda video for Islamic state. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

Atabek Abdullaev, 39 Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation of terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Also charged for having invoked a false employer certificate when he tried to become a customer of HandelsbankenCitizens of Kyrgyzstan, speak Uzbek. Written in Stockholm. Missing residence permit in Sweden. Came to Sweden in August 2017 according to your own words. He has applied for a work permit in Poland to get the right to stay in the EU. Stated that he has a wife in Kyrgyzstan who has two children. In his computer and phones, investigators have found material that shows that he supports the Islamic state. In social media he has posted pictures on, among other things, the T-center and Mall of Scandinavia, which prosecutors interpret as possible terrorist targets. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

All men deny any allegations of terrorist offenses.

According to David Idrisson, the “wedding” and “car mechanic” chat is about plans for a real wedding. The chemicals were part of a larger batch of different products, including color, which he bought from a company that went bankrupt. He was interested in the color but not the chemicals, he claims. When it comes to the chemicals, which are in the center, he has provided a full and detailed explanation of how they have come into his possession. It has happened involuntarily, says his defender.

Man, 34 years from Uzbekistan. old Arrested on May 28. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in the Stockholm area. Arrived to Sweden the first time in 2008. Searched asylum but failed and was expelled. In 2011, he applied for work and residence permits, which he was granted. He has wife and three children in Sweden. Denies the charges.

Man, 39 years old from Uzbekistan. Arrested on October 18th. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State.  Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in Östergötland, he himself said that he lives in Stockholm. Denies the charges.

Man, 24 years old from Uzbekistan. Arrested on September 5. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in Jämtland. The only one of the suspects who is not detained. Denies  the charges.

 

 

 

Swedish city votes for ‘begging licence’

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven assessed the decision of Eskilstuna Council to introduce an obligatory  begging licence “interesting”.
Eskilstuna city council has voted for an obligatory licence for “passive” begging in the streets. The regulation was voted in by a majority coalition between the Social Democrats, Moderates and Centre Party in the council of Eskilstuna, a city west of Stockholm. The nationalist Sweden Democrats has agreed to the move, which was opposed by the Left Party, Green Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats.
The council’s chair Jimmy Jansson said the permit requirement was a way of better regulating begging with the aim of helping those living in hardship, rather than banning the practice.

It could help people “come into contact with  charity Stadsmissionen or other charitable organizations, or getting help to travel home again,” Jansson underlined.

The begging came to Sweden with a wave of migrants, and has become a business already back in 2010, however it has grown last years it became widespread, hardly leaving any supermarket entrance with a ‘professional’ beggar.

In Sweden, as well as in the other EU countries, ‘professional’ beggars  are often victims of forced begging, related to human trafficking. The decision of the Swedish city Council is in the line with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) encouraging safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking.

 

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