Turkey’s parliament is voting today on whether to ratify Finland’s bid to join NATO. It’s the last remaining barrier to Finland’s accession to the military alliance. If the ratification is approved, as expected, NATO will add more than 800 miles to its border with Russia. This comes as 10 nations led by Canada are wrapping up nearly two weeks of NATO war games in Latvia, a former Soviet republic that joined NATO in 2004.
In Russia, thousands of troops began war games in Siberia Wednesday to train on the use of Russia’s Yars mobile intercontinental ballistic missile system. The nuclear drills came as the Biden administration said it had stopped sharing detailed data on its strategic nuclear forces with Russia, after President Vladimir Putin suspended Russia’s participation in the New START nuclear arms treaty.