12 Jul 2023 10:51

Biden, Erdogan discuss Ukrainian crisis, Sweden's admission to NATO

WASHINGTON. July 12 (Interfax) - U.S. President Joe Biden and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed the Ukraine situation and Sweden's accession to NATO at a meeting in Vilnius, the White House said.

"They discussed regional issues of shared interest, including their enduring support for Ukraine and the importance of preserving stability in the Aegean," says a statement published on the White House website.

Biden and Erdogan also exchanged views on defense and economic priorities, it said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that Erdogan had agreed to the rapid submission of Sweden's application for entry into NATO for consideration by the Turkish parliament.