U.S. says it’s hopeful for a positive resolution soon for Sweden, Finland’s NATO bid

The U.S. hopes to get all sides closer ahead of next week's NATO summit in Madrid.

By Reuters - June 22, 2022
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried attends the donor conference for Moldova to assist the country with the influx of Ukrainian refugees, in Berlin on April 5, 2022. (Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters File Photo)

WASHINGTON — The United States is hopeful that there will soon be a positive resolution of the issues between Turkey, Finland and Sweden regarding the NATO accession bids of the two Nordic countries, the State Department’s top diplomat for Europe said on Wednesday.

Karen Donfried, assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs, speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing, said the United States was “certainly pushing” to get all parties on the same page before next week’s NATO summit in Madrid.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk.