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The main topics of the NATO summit starting on Tuesday evening in Madrid will be the strengthening of collective defense and deterrence, as well as the continuation of assistance to Ukraine, Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.
The 2022 NATO Summit is taking place in the Spanish city of Madrid from June 28-30.
Heads of State and Government from NATO's member countries, along with key partners are expected to adopt a new Strategic Concept outlining the alliance's core security policies and challenges for the next decade.
The NATO summit in Madrid will end on June 30. The main discussions of the leaders of the bloc countries are scheduled for Wednesday, June 29.
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00:03 GMT 29.06.2022
Biden to Meet Erdogan Wednesday to Discuss NATO Security, Bilateral Issues - White House
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet on Wednesday to discuss NATO's collective security and bilateral issues, the White House said in a press release.
"Later, the President will meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey to discuss the Alliance’s collective defense and security and a range of issues important to the bilateral relationship," the White House said on Tuesday.
22:24 GMT 28.06.2022
China 'Deeply Concerned' About New NATO Strategic Concept - Envoy to UN
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - China is very concerned about NATO's new strategic concept and urges the alliance to reconsider its posture, the Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun said during a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine.
"China pays close attention to NATO's strategic adjustment and is deeply concerned about the policy implications of the so-called strategic concept," Zhang said on Tuesday.
China also urges NATO not to create a new Cold War nor create a scapegoat out of Ukraine for its actions in that country.
"We urge NATO to learn its lessons and not to use this crisis in Ukraine as an excuse to stoke worldwide block confrontation or a new Cold War," Zhang said.
China has argued for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine and supports negotiations between Kiev and Moscow.
20:36 GMT 28.06.2022
Biden Congratulates Finland, Sweden on Reaching Agreement With Turkey on NATO Membership
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden on Tuesday congratulated Finland and Sweden on reaching an agreement with Turkey on their membership in NATO following weeks of negotiations with Ankara.
"Congratulations to Finland, Sweden, and Turkey on signing a trilateral memorandum - a crucial step towards a NATO invite to Finland and Sweden, which will strengthen our Alliance and bolster our collective security - and a great way to begin the Summit," Biden said in a tweet.
18:36 GMT 28.06.2022
Sweden, Finland Will Cooperate With Turkey on Countrering Terrorism, Agreement is Reached, Erdogan's Office Says
Sweden and Finland will cooperate with Ankara on countering terrorism and agreed not to support the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Fethullah Gulen Organization (FETO), the office of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
"[They] committed to full cooperation with Turkey in the fight against the PKK and its affiliates, in solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and not to support the PKK / YPG and FETO," the office said.
According to Ankara, Finland and Sweden also agreed to abandon "the embargo in the field of the military-industrial complex" of Turkey.
Finland and Sweden also agreed to amend their national legislation "in the field of counter-terrorism and the defense industry," Erdogan’s office said.
18:24 GMT 28.06.2022
Turkey Will Support Finland's, Sweden's Bid to Join NATO During Madrid Summit, Helsinki Says
Turkey will support Finnish and Swedish NATO membership applications during the ongoing summit of the alliance in Madrid, the office of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Niinsto met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in Madrid.
"As a result of this meeting, the foreign ministers of our countries signed a trilateral memorandum, which confirms that Turkey will support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become NATO members at the Madrid summit this week. Concrete steps for our entry into NATO will be agreed by NATO Allies over the next two days, but now this decision is inevitable," the office said in a statement.
Niinisto also said that he is happy to complete "the Turkish step" on Finland’s way to becoming a NATO member.
"Our joint memorandum underlines the commitment of Finland, Sweden and Turkey to provide full support in combating threats to each other's security. Us becoming NATO allies will further strengthen this commitment," the office said.
16:11 GMT 28.06.2022
Ankara Will Host Turkey-Sweden Political Consultations on Wednesday
16:08 GMT 28.06.2022
Johnson Expected to Announce Extra Financing to Defense Sector at NATO Summit - Reports
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce additional financing of the defense sector at the NATO summit in Madrid, following pressure from ministers, The Times reported on Tuesday.
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has reportedly sent a letter to Johnson with calls to increase the UK’s armed forces budget to 2.5% of GDP, which would equal 10 billion pounds ($12.2 billion) a year, against the backdrop of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.
According to the media, Johnson has been preparing for a rise in defense spending and is expected to announce this decision at a NATO summit in Spain.
15:59 GMT 28.06.2022
Biden: US to Increase Number of Naval Destroyers in Spain
US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Washington and Madrid will be working together to increase the number of US naval destroyers stationed in the country.

"Mr. President [Pedro Sanchez], you and I discussed today, we're going to work on an agreement to increase the number of US naval destroyers stationed at Spain's Rota naval base, which will also enhance the bilateral defensive relationship between Spain and the United States. We expect that to occur much sooner than later," Biden said during a press conference.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the NATO summit taking place in Madrid this week.
15:40 GMT 28.06.2022
Sanchez: Spain, US Will Work on Agreement to Increase Number of US Navy Destroyers Stationed in Spain
15:26 GMT 28.06.2022
Biden, Sanchez Hold Presser Ahead of NATO Summit in Madrid
14:55 GMT 28.06.2022
Stoltenberg Says NATO Does Not Regard China as Adversary But Concerned Over Russia-China Ties
NATO does not perceive China as an adversary and believes in the need to cooperate with Beijing on global issues like climate change, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
"On China, one of the messages we have is that we don’t regard China as an adversary and China is soon the biggest economy in the world, we need to engage with China on issues like climate change, it matters for the whole energy market," Stoltenberg said during the NATO Public Forum in Madrid.
Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported that the alliance is set to label China as a "systemic challenge" when outlining its new policy guidelines this week.
12:53 GMT 28.06.2022
Biden to Meet With S. Korean, Japanese Leaders on NATO Sidelines on Wednesday, White House Says
12:39 GMT 28.06.2022
NATO Summit to Set Strategic Direction of Alliance for Years to Come, Sullivan Says
The ongoing NATO summit will set the strategic direction for the alliance for the years to come, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday.
"The summit will provide an opportunity to set the strategic direction of the alliance in the coming years," he told reporters.
Madrid is hosting the leaders' summit on June 28–30.
12:24 GMT 28.06.2022
US to Announce on Wednesday New Long-Term Deployment of Extra Troops in Europe, White House Says
The United States will announce on Wednesday a new long-term deployment of troops in Europe, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.

"In the summit you will see that the alliance will follow through on this commitment [to enforce NATO's posture in response to the Ukraine crisis]," he said. "The United States will be making specific announcements tomorrow on land, see and air of additional force posture commitments over the long term, beyond the duration of this crisis, however long it goes on."
11:18 GMT 28.06.2022
Turkey's Erdogan Plans to Meet With Biden in Madrid
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a phone conversation with his US counterpart, Joe Biden, that they planned to meet in-person in Madrid later on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"I had a conversation with Biden this morning. We may hold a meeting in Madrid this evening or tomorrow," Erdogan told reporters before departing to Spain for a NATO summit.
The White House later confirmed that the presidents had agreed to meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, as well as terrorism and the alliance's collective security.

"President Biden noted he looks forward to seeing President Erdogan at the NATO Summit in Madrid where leaders will discuss the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for Transatlantic security and other threats to the Alliance," it said.

Erdogan said that deliveries of F-16 fighters to Turkey were "still on the table." Turkey made a request to buy US-made jets after Washington kicked Ankara out of the advanced F-35 joint production program to punish it for buying Russian S-400 air defense missile systems.
10:40 GMT 28.06.2022
NATO Chief, Spanish PM Hold Presser Ahead of Madrid Summit
05:16 GMT 28.06.2022
NATO Set to Label China 'Systemic Challenge' When Outlining New Policy Guidelines, Reports Say
NATO is set to label China as a “systemic challenge” when outlining this week its new policy guidelines, Bloomberg reported citing sources familiar with the matter.

The North Atlantic alliance will also highlight China's deepening partnership with Russia, the report said.

It said the so-called Strategic Concept will outline NATO's priorities for the coming decade, and is to be signed by NATO leaders at the Madrid summit this week. The previous 2010 version did not mention China and called Russia a partner, which is set to be changed.
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