NATO leaders formally invite Finland, Sweden to join

Turkey, which has lifted its initial objections to the two new members, did not ask for anything as part of the agreement to expand the alliance.

June 29, 2022 07:07 pm | Updated 09:58 pm IST - MADRID

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a press conference during the NATO summit at the Ifema congress centre in Madrid, on June 29, 2022.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a press conference during the NATO summit at the Ifema congress centre in Madrid, on June 29, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

NATO on Wednesday affirmed its commitment to continue supporting Ukraine, calling Russia an immediate and direct threat to European security, and welcomed Finland and Sweden into the alliance, a senior U.S. official told reporters in a briefing.

The official said Turkey, which has lifted its initial objections to the two new members, did not ask for anything as part of the agreement to expand the alliance and the United States did not offer anything. Technical discussions were ongoing over Ankara's request for F-16 fighter jets, but the U.S. Congress has the final say about such arms sales, the official added.

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