The US does not rule out that the burning of the Koran in Sweden was intended to prevent NATO enlargement

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25 Jan 2023 01:42 GMT

The State Department confirmed that Washington supports the joint adhesion of both countries to the Alliance, amid the discrepancies between Sweden and Turkey.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price commented This Tuesday at a press conference the possibility of Finland and Sweden joining NATO separately after Turkey refused to support the entry of the latter country into the organization as a result of the burning of a Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

Several journalists asked Price if the US would support Finland and Sweden joining NATO separately, or if they think the two countries should join the Alliance together. The spokesman declined to comment on the possible accession of Finland without Sweden, calling that event a “hypothetical”, and added that is not “a live question at the moment”.

In the context of NATO membership, “there has always been talk of Finland and Sweden” together and “that’s what we want to happen,” Price said, adding that Finland’s entry into the Alliance separately “It is a question that we are not consideringPrice stressed that Washington prefers the two countries to join NATO together.

Earlier, Finland expressed its desire to continue with the NATO integration process independently of its neighboring country, after the burning of a copy of the Koran on January 21 in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm led to an increase in tensions between Sweden and Turkey. “If you can’t show respect, I’m sorry, but they will not see any support from us on the NATO issueTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after the incident.

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