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Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO Bids in Limbo as Turkey Objects

  • Erdogan says alliance members must respect Turkey’s concerns
  • Biden says US will help deter aggression during accession
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Biden Strongly Supports Finland, Sweden NATO BidsSource: Bloomberg
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NATO failed to immediately move forward with the accession process for Sweden and Finland after Turkey, which earlier had outlined a broad list of complaints with alliance members, blocked the formal acceptance of the applications. 

NATO ambassadors met Wednesday morning, but couldn’t agree to proceed with the applications after Turkey held up consensus, according to people familiar with the matter. Only after all NATO allies give consent can Sweden and Finland start accession talks with the alliance.