Quick decision due on Finland and Sweden - Nato chief

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Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he is confident that Nato members will come to a quick decision to welcome Finland and Sweden into the alliance.

Turkey has threatened to veto their applications, accusing the two Nordic nations of harbouring Kurdish militants that it considers to be terrorists.

Speaking in Denmark, Stoltenberg says the alliance is in close contact with Finland, Sweden and Turkey, and is addressing Turkey's concerns.

He says it is not uncommon to have differences of opinion in Nato and the alliance is experienced in finding solutions.

The Nato chief also says he believes Ukraine can win the war. He says Russia has not been able to take Kyiv, it has been forced to leave Kharkiv and the surrounding areas, and that the offensive in the Donbas has stalled.

"We don't believe Russia has given up on its strategic goals... so we need to prepare for the long haul," he adds.

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