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U.S. reiterates support for Finland, Sweden joining NATO

The Biden administration on Tuesday reiterated its support for both Finland and Sweden joining NATO at the earliest opportunity, after Helsinki said a pause was needed in trilateral talks with Turkey on the Nordic countries’ application to join the military alliance.

January 25, 2023
25 January 2023

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration
on Tuesday reiterated its support for both Finland and Sweden
joining NATO at the earliest opportunity, after Helsinki said a
pause was needed in trilateral talks with Turkey on the Nordic
countries’ application to join the military alliance.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price was repeatedly asked
at a news briefing whether Washington would support Finland’s
possible accession without Sweden, but declined to comment on
what he called a “hypothetical” and not a “live question right
now.”

“This has always been a discussion about Finland and Sweden…
(about) moving from an alliance of 28 to an alliance of 30.
That’s what we want to see happen,” Price said, adding that
Finland joining NATO separately “is just a question that we’re
not entertaining.”

Turkey’s president said Sweden should not expect his
country’s support after a protest near the Turkish Embassy in
Stockholm at the weekend, which included the burning of a copy
of the Koran.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis;
Editing by Sandra Maler)

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