© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference in Washington, U.S. March 10, 2022. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool via REUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Tuesday reiterated its support for both Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the opportunity, after Helsinki said the tripartite talks should be halted. with Turkey on the application to join the military union of the Nordic countries.
State Department spokesman Ned Price was repeatedly asked at a news conference whether Washington supported Finland’s possible accession without Sweden, but declined to comment on what he called “hypothesis” not “direct question right now”.
“It’s always been a discussion about Finland and Sweden… (about) moving from alliance 28 to alliance 30. That’s what we’d like to see happen,” Price said, adding that the move Finland joined NATO separately “it’s just a question that we don’t entertain.”
The Turkish president said that Sweden should not expect his country’s support after a protest near the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm over the weekend, including the burning of a copy of the Koran.