The United States and the Western allies are stepping up the pressure on Turkey to admit Sweden into NATO. It began with President Joe Biden’s Monday phone call to congratulate Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election as president.
Erdogan in the phone call reportedly repeated his country’s desire to acquire more F-16 fighter jets, to which Biden responded that the US wants Ankara to drop its objection to Sweden’s NATO application.
“I spoke to Erdogan. I congratulated Erdogan. He still wants to work on something on the F-16s. I told him we wanted a deal with Sweden, so let’s get that done. And so we’ll be back in touch with one another,” Biden said to reporters of the call.