Turkey says no change in objection to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plan on Baltics

Cheryl Sanders
December 3, 2019

Before heading to London, Erdogan suggested that Turkey might not back Poland and NATO's Baltic allies - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - should they require defending unless the allies support Turkish concerns about Syrian Kurdish fighters, which Ankara sees as terrorists.

Earlier, Ankara had vetoed NATO's defence plan for Poland and the Baltic states, supposedly over the USA refusing to support the same for Turkey, after Ankara suggested declaring Syria's YPG Kurdish militia a terrorist organisation.

London, Dec 3 (SocialNews.XYZ) US President Donald Trump has arrived in the United Kingdom on a three-day visit, during which he was slated to attend a summit marking the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"Yesterday, I talked to the Polish president".

The UK's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is scheduled to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said arrangements for such bilateral meetings were "always quite fluid".

Asked if the issue could be resolved by the end of the London summit, he said: "I will not promise that, but what I can say is that we are working on that".

Several NATO members condemned Turkey's decision to launch an offensive into northeastern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia.

Meanwhile Estonian MEP Urmas Paet (Reform) says that Erdogan has ruined Turkey's relations with the European Union and its member states, and is now attempting to do the same with members of NATO, BNS reports.

The security alliance has come under criticism recently with French President Emmanuel Macron calling it "brain dead" owing to the lack of strategic cooperation among members.

Two U.S. senators pressed the Trump administration on Monday to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of the Russian missile defense system and said the failure to do so sent a "terrible signal".

"It's a tough statement, though, when you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries", Trump told reporters as he met the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.

"All NATO countries are obliged to support the reform of the alliance, this will allow a more principled and decisive fight against terrorist organisations", he added.

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