State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller answered questions from members of the press at the daily press conference.
Noting that Sweden’s NATO membership and the sale of F-16s are two separate issues, Miller said, “As we have publicly announced that we support Turkey in the sale of F-16s for a while, we also tell them in private meetings. However, we do not believe that this is the case. There’s a group of members of Congress who believe it must be linked to NATO membership there.” made statements.
Miller stated that Sweden “amended its constitution, passed a new law, arrested terrorist suspects and continues its investigations” in order to alleviate Turkey’s concerns regarding NATO membership, and stated that they believe these are sufficient to alleviate Turkey’s concerns.
Noting that they believe the time has come for Sweden’s NATO membership, Miller said, “However, I don’t want to make any definite guesses, except that we believe this should happen in the very near future.” he said.
Stating that “meetings with senior Turkish officials will continue,” Sözcü said that he is confident that he will hold a new meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, with whom US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met three times in the last 5-6 days, and that the issue is a high priority for the United States. carried,” he said.
Miller, on the question, stated that they will continue to support Turkey’s European Union (EU) goals, and that this is an issue between the EU and Turkey.
In a written statement made by the Spokesperson of the White House National Security Council, “The United States has always supported and continues to support Turkey’s desire to become a member of the EU.” expression was used.