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US Steps Up Pressure on Turkey to Ratify NATO’s Nordic Expansion

  • Blinken met with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu this week
  • Secretary spoke with foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland
Recep Tayyip Erdogan 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan 

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

The US signaled growing impatience with Turkey over its resistance to ratifying NATO’s expansion to Sweden and Finland.

“The United States urges remaining allies to quickly ratify their accession,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Thursday in an account of a call between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. He used similar language in summarizing a conversation between Blinken and Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom.