ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - MAY 18: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (R) stands with Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist during an honor cordon at the Pentagon on May 18, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary Austin is meeting with his Swedish counterpart after Sweden and Finland submitted their request to join the NATO alliance in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO diplomats say national envoys have failed to reach a consensus about whether to start membership talks with Finland and Sweden. Wednesday’s development comes just as Turkey renewed its objections to the two Nordic countries joining. The envoys met at NATO headquarters after Finland and Sweden’s ambassadors submitted written applications to join the military organization. The diplomats, who did not want to be named because of the sensitive nature of the proceedings, declined to say precisely who or what was holding up the procedure. Meetings and diplomatic outreach will continue in coming days. Earlier, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO allies agree “that this is an historic moment which we must seize.”