Downing Street spokesman: UK continues to work for Sweden-Finland NATO membership


“We continue to support Sweden and Finland becoming NATO members,” the spokeswoman answered a question from SKAI

London, Thanasis Gavos

The British government’s position in favor of Sweden and Finland joining NATO remains firm despite the cancellation of the two countries’ talks with Turkey, a Downing Street spokesman said while briefing foreign correspondents in London.

In response to a question from SKAI as to whether London considers Turkey’s cancellation of negotiations with the two Nordic countries justified, the spokeswoman avoided attacking Ankara for the obstacles it raises, but noted: “We continue to support Sweden and Finland becoming members of NATO. We believe this would make the Alliance stronger and we are working with our allies on this.”

The spokeswoman also made it clear that London is still in favor of a solution to the Cyprus problem based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

The spokeswoman was asked whether the British position remains firm under the Turkish Cypriot leader’s urgings to support a two-state “solution”. Ersin Tatar asked for British support on this through interviews published in the British press in the past few days.

“There is no change in our position, (namely that) we continue to support a solution in line with the parameters of the United Nations, which will be based on the bizonal, bicommunal federation model,” the spokeswoman replied.

Asked further about Mr Tatar’s call for direct flights between Britain and the occupied territories, the British Prime Minister’s Office official also clarified that there are “no plans to change our position”.

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