previously in AmericanPost.News we announced that Finland and Sweden They made the decision to formally request their entry into NATO and this Wednesday, May 18, both nations took the next step in the process. This is a direct consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in February of this year.
In a brief ceremony in Brussels, the countries abandoned decades of military non-alignment and it was then that they submitted their request to join the transatlantic alliance that would help them in the event of an invasion.
Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the organization, pointed out that the accession request is a historic step despite the fact that the candidatures face opposition from Turkey, a nation that does not want their entry.
Putin pointed out that joining would be a mistake, which was taken as a threat by the Finnish president, who decided to continue with the process.
War crime trial in Ukraine
This very day, a court in kyiv will start a trial for alleged war crimes in Ukraine against a Russian soldier. This is the first of thousands of cases investigated by the Ukrainian justice with the support of international bodies for this type of crime.
The defendant is Vadin Shishimarin, a 21-year-old military man from Irkutsk, Siberia, who is accused of murdering an unarmed civilian in northeastern Ukraine; he could be sentenced to life in prison.
According to what they indicate, the soldier commanded a unit of an armored division but his convoy was attacked. He and other soldiers stole a car and in their attempt to flee, ran over a 62-year-old man on a bicycle.
Which countries make up NATO 2022?
There are currently 12 countries that are part of the organization:
- United Kingdom
Many say that NATO was able to provoke Russia into the invasion, because although Putin said he had no other choice, Volodymyr Zelesnky denies that his country intended to attack.
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