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'Fairytale claims': NATO has never planned to invade Russia, says UK defence secretary

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'Fairytale claims': NATO has never planned to invade Russia, says UK defence secretaryBritain and NATO are not planning and have never planned to invade Russia, the UK's defence secretary has said, after Russian President Vladimir Putin justified his war in Ukraine by saying the West was preparing to launch an attack on "our land".
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News video: Finland’s Leaders Announce Support for NATO Membership ‘Without Delay’

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Finland’s Leaders Announce Support for , NATO Membership ‘Without Delay’. CNN reports that on May 12, Finland President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin advocated for joining NATO in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. CNN reports that on May 12, Finland President Sauli...

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