White House: Turkey has not asked for concessions from the US to lift the veto
The United States "did not offer anything" to Turkey, a senior official said
Turkey has not made "any particular request for concessions to the Americans" in order to lift its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, a senior White House official has said.
The United States "did not offer anything" to Ankara, he told reporters.
The agreement reached in Madrid between Turkey, Finland and Sweden to expand the military alliance will give a strong impetus to the unity of the West, said the senior US official, who asked not to be named.
He also praised the role of US President Joe Biden in the sensitive negotiations between the three protagonists, which led to the spectacular announcement of an agreement on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Spain.
Officially, the United States did not want to play the role of mediator in the talks held by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the same source said. However, Washington strongly insisted on the involvement of President Joe Biden.
The high-ranking official also recalled that Joe Biden spoke with his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday morning about the "concerns" of Tayyip Erdogan and "how to overcome them".
The telephone conversation was aimed at pushing the agreement between the three countries "behind the finish line", the official said. The two men are expected to have a bilateral meeting in Madrid on Wednesday.
The official said that Sweden and Finland wanted to "secure the support" of the American president in the agreement reached with Turkey before reaching it.
The official recalled that in March, Biden, while in the Oval Office with the Finnish president, called the Swedish prime minister to discuss NATO membership of the two countries, which have historically remained non-aligned.
"We have worked diligently to try to help bridge the gap between Turks, Finns and Swedes while at the same time trying publicly to keep a low profile so that this issue revolves around the United States or the demands that would be made on us," he said. official.