White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, quoted by AFP, said on Friday. “We are working to clarify Turkey’s position,” Psaki said, telling reporters that only the Turkish side would be able to provide more information at this time. A White House spokeswoman added that the idea of Finland and Sweden joining the Alliance had “broad support from NATO member countries.” The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, quoted by Reuters, also spoke in the same vein during Friday’s press briefing. “Turkey’s position in NATO is not changing … we are working to better clarify our position (Ankara),” a US Department of Defense spokesman told reporters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday expressed opposition to the enlargement of the North Atlantic Alliance. Ankara’s top official said enlarging NATO to include Finland and Sweden would be a “mistake.” Finland’s efforts to become a member of NATO have been supported by several countries, including France, Germany and Slovakia, as well as Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. However, enlargement must be approved unanimously by all Member States, including Turkey. Sweden is expected to formally express its position on joining NATO early next week.
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