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

By  Jens Stoltenberg  20 minutes ago

By Jens Stoltenberg  20 minutes ago

On Syria, the leaders agreed that humanitarian access, including cross-border, must be ensured and that a United Nations needs assessment should form the basis for getting aid to those who require it in the North-East.

Amid fears Erdogan could even veto the summit declaration and with barely two hours to go before the leaders sat down for their sole roundtable, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted a solution to the row with Turkey had still not been found.

Discussions over the Turkish military offensive in Syria are to take place at 10 Downing Street, with France's Emmanuel Macron and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan set to meet on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in London.

Allegations on Ankara's veto against a new defense plan on the eastern front had already emerged recently, if a statement to describe Kurdish militias as a "threat" for the security of Turkey and the Alliance won't be accepted.

The White House confirmed the meeting after Erdogan's office posted a photo of the two leaders on social media.

"The presidents discussed the importance of Turkey fulfilling its alliance commitments, further strengthening commerce through boosting bilateral trade by $100 billion, regional security challenges, and energy security", a White House official said.

"Stoltenberg said they were moving forward with the protection of Poland and the Baltic states, but it was not really clear whether there was a total resolution", said Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Watford.

Macron says leaders' "responsibility is to highlight ambiguities that could be damaging and to launch a real strategic debate".

The leaders discussed Turkey's operation targeting the terrorist YPG/PKK in northern Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump described the remarks as "very, very nasty".

Trump later softened his tone at a joint appearance with Macron, but the French leader stood by his approach - and his choice of language - and turned his guns on Turkey.

Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later came face to face at four-way talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's Johnson.

Infuriating many members of Congress, Turkey shrugged off the threat of U.S. sanctions and began receiving its first S-400 deliveries in July.

The memorandum between Turkey and Libya on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean Sea will be sent to parliament "very soon", Turkey's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday. "But if terrorist organizations against which we fight are not recognized by NATO's friends as terrorist groups, I am sorry but we will be against all the steps that will be taken" in defense towards Russian Federation, said Erdogan, explaining that he already discussed the issue in talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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