Turkey agrees to back NATO plans for Baltic states and Poland

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to back NATO’s defense plans for Poland and the Baltic states in the NATO summit in London
Wednesday, 04 December 2019 20:04

The Nato secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, has said Turkey has dropped its opposition to a plan to bolster the defenses of Baltic states and Poland against Russia.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda stated that "This is a huge achievement not only for our country but for the whole region because it ensures security of our citizens.” 

Before the summit, Erdoğan had refused to back a Nato defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until Ankara received support for its fight against PYD/YPG, including other alliance members recognizing it as a terrorist group.

Earlier, Ankara had vetoed NATO's defense plan for Poland and the Baltic states, claiming that the US refused to support the same for Turkey.

During a press conference after the summit, French President Macron said no consensus is possible with Turkey on the definition of terrorism.

"The definition of terrorism - I do not see a possibility of consensus on this issue. We all have agreed that there is no consensus between us on this. Evidently, we are not ready to classify the YPG as a terror group," Macron said.