Antony Blinken discussed with Ann Linde additional ways to support Ukraine.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Linde at a meeting that Washington supports the North Atlantic Alliance’s open door policy. This is reported in a written statement by the head of the press service of the Department of State, Ned Price.

“Secretary Blinken stressed the importance of transatlantic relations for European security and reaffirmed our commitment to NATO’s open door policy,” the document says. Blinken discussed with Linde “additional ways to support Ukraine <…>”. In addition, they talked about food security.

The meeting took place in the American capital. A few hours after her, the Department of State announced that Blinken had contracted a new coronavirus.

Linde said after the meeting with Blinken that the United States is ready to provide Sweden with security guarantees for the period of submitting and considering an application for membership in NATO. As previously reported, the ruling Social Democratic Workers’ Party of Sweden will decide on the country’s accession to NATO on May 15.