“We have no doubt that it can be, and it should be, and we hope that it will be so,” Blinken said at a joint press conference in Luleå, Sweden, with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, CNN reports.
Finland and Sweden decided to abandon their neutrality and join NATO. Finland officially became NATO’s 31st member on April 4. Türkiye blocks the offer from Stockholm.
US President Joe Biden said he spoke with newly re-elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday and discussed the possibility of approving the sale of new US fighter jets to Ankara if Turkey drops its objections to Sweden’s entry into NATO.
However, Blinken said the administration is addressing the two issues separately. According to the US Secretary of State, it would be “appropriate” for each NATO member state to express its opinion on the accession of new members to the alliance.