President Erdogan’s statement that they would not support Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO had a great impact in the United States. Statements came from the USA one after another.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that Finland and Sweden do not look forward to NATO membership has made a sound in the USA.
Erdogan said, “We are currently following the developments in Sweden and Finland, but we are not in a positive mindset,” when asked by journalists at the exit of the Friday prayer yesterday.
White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Finland and Sweden are trying to clarify Turkey’s stance on NATO membership. Psaki, on a question from a journalist at his daily press briefing, said, “We are trying to clarify Turkey’s stance. “I refer you to the Turkish government for more information on their views on this issue,” he said.
Stating that there is a great support for the two European countries’ desire to join NATO, Psaki said, “We continue to work together with Turkey.”
EXPLANATION FROM PENTAGON
Erdogan’s statements were also on the agenda in the daily press briefing of the Pentagon, the US Department of Defense.
Pentagon spokesman Kirby said, “At this stage, we are trying to clarify Turkey’s stance on this issue.” Asked whether the US still considers Turkey a NATO ally, Kirby said: “Of course, Turkey is a valuable NATO ally. Turkey’s position within NATO has not changed.
REACTION FROM FINLAND
Karen Donfried, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs of the USA, said in a statement, “This issue will definitely be discussed between Sweden, Finland and Turkey at the NATO meeting this weekend. “I don’t think it’s certain that Turkey will reject Sweden’s application, these two countries are actively cooperating for NATO,” he said.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto also made the statement that “Turkey had previously expressed a positive opinion for Finland’s participation in NATO”.
Source From: Sozcu