Germany plans to 'intensify' military cooperation with Finland and Sweden.


Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Germany will step up military cooperation with Finland and Sweden, and that his country will push for a "very swift" ratification of their Nato membership.

"We will strengthen our military cooperation, particularly in the Baltic Sea region, and through joint exercises," he says.

During a press conference with Liechtenstein's prime minister, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed confidence that, despite its initial reservations, Turkey will support Finland and Sweden's membership in the alliance.

Scholz had earlier spoken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and they agreed that a diplomatic negotiated settlement between Ukraine and Russia would necessitate "an immediate cessation of hostilities on the part of Russia and a withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine."


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