Photo: Wikipedia < p> The President of Turkey stated that after a conversation with the American leader, he agreed to a face-to-face meeting. Topics for discussion will be the war in Ukraine and the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he will meet with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid to talk about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Analysts believe this meeting could play a decisive role in removing Turkey's resistance to Swedish and Finnish proposals to join a Western defense alliance in response to the war.
Since Biden's election, the two leaders have had a cool relationship due to US concerns about human rights under Erdogan. The last time the presidents of the United States and Turkey met was in October on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome.
“We spoke with Mr. Biden this morning, and he expressed a desire to meet tonight or tomorrow. I said it was possible,” Erdogan said.
The Turkish leader spoke to reporters before flying to Madrid for talks that would begin with a meeting with the leaders of the two northern countries and the NATO Secretary General.
< p>Erdogan said he wants to see the outcome of the preparatory talks that took place Monday in Brussels before deciding whether Sweden and Finland have done enough to overcome his objections to their military alliance membership.
Turkey is member of NATO and can veto both countries' bids at the summit.