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US President Joe Biden met with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson at the White House on Wednesday. He stated that the United States fully supports Sweden’s membership of NATO and looks forward to Sweden joining the Alliance.

Sweden is a capable and committed partner. I want to repeat that United States fully support its membership of NATO. The point is simple: Sweden will make our Alliance stronger, said US President Biden. He added that he was “impatiently” waiting for the enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson thanked Biden for his leadership and maintaining transatlantic unity in supporting Ukraineas well as for his role in responding to the “challenges that China throwing democracy.

Ulf Kristersson and Joe Biden at the White HousePAP/EPA/CHRIS KLEPONIS / POOL

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However, no breakthrough was announced on Sweden’s accession to the Alliance. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer questions about the administration’s pressure on the US Congress to agree to the sale of F-16s to Turkey in order to convince Istanbul to ratify the accession protocols. However, she did mention that Biden had publicly endorsed the deal.

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Türkiye blocks the entry of the Swedes

Kristersson said after meeting during a briefing at the Swedish embassy that he and Biden agreed that next week’s NATO summit in Vilnius would be a “natural moment” for his country to join NATO. He also stressed that President Biden “very strongly” supports Sweden’s accession. At the same time, he admitted that “nothing is clear” until the summit and that the final word belongs to Turkey.

Sweden’s admission to NATO is being blocked by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who has demanded more decisive action from Stockholm against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The accession votes were also postponed many times by the Hungarian parliament, albeit the prime minister Viktor Orbán he implied that Hungary would agree to Sweden joining NATO when Turkey did.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/CHRIS KLEPONIS / POOL

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