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Mixed news for Ukraine, hope for Sweden and response to Russia

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts concluded a two-day summit on Wednesday with pledges of long-term support for Ukraine, but no offer to protect the country under the umbrella. alliance security.

The results of the meeting in Lithuania, a country on NATO’s eastern flank that borders Russia, were mixed. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskky was grateful for promises of more weapons and ammunition, but disappointed that his country had no clear timetable for joining the world’s largest security alliance.

After an evening of intrigue ahead of the summit, Sweden took a big step towards becoming NATO’s 32nd member country when Turkey signaled it would give its approval, but not until October.