US wants to clarify Turkey’s position on Sweden, Finland joining NATO

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The United States trying to clarify the position of Turkey as far as possible integration of Sweden and of Finland in NATOsaid today the Deputy Foreign Minister, who is in charge of European and Eurasian affairs, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that Ankara does not support the request of the two countries.

Speaking to reporters, Karen Donfried said the issue would be discussed at a NATO summit in Berlin over the weekend.

US President Joe Biden spoke today with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in a phone call that lasted just over half an hour, according to the White House.

The Finnish president wrote on Twitter that he “presented Finland’s next steps towards NATO membership” and added that his country “is deeply grateful to the United States for its support”.

Turkey today threatened to block the two countries from joining NATO. This process can only be completed if the request is unanimously approved by all the member countries of the Pact.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated on Thursday that Washington would support the request, while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he was ready to welcome the two countries “with open arms”.

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