Swedish PM says Vilnius summit natural time for NATO bid finale


(Reuters) – Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said on Wednesday after meeting U.S. President Joe Biden that the two leaders agreed that the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius was a “natural time” to finalise the Nordic country’s bid to join the alliance.

“We both realize that the NATO summit in Vilnius in a week is a very natural time to finish this. But we both also know that only Turkey can make Turkish decisions,” Kristersson told reporters at the Swedish embassy in Washington.

Kristersson met President Biden in Washington to reaffirm U.S. backing for Sweden’s NATO application, which is being held up by Turkey and Hungary.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander and Niklas Pollard in Stockholm)

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