World Turkey to oppose NATO plan if it fails to recognize terrorism threats: Erdogan

11:25  03 december  2019
11:25  03 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Turkey expects solidarity within NATO against terror threats , President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday. Turkey will oppose NATO 's plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognise groups that Turkey is fighting as terrorists .

One of the highlights on Erdoğan 's NATO agenda includes a quadrilateral meeting with British No one should doubt that if it was not for Turkey , terrorists would head for Europe," Erdoğan said in Defense Minister Hulusi Akar recently criticized the bloc for failing to meet its commitments to support

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will oppose NATO's plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognize groups that Turkey deems terrorists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a NATO alliance summit in London.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Russian President Putin meets with Turkish President Erdogan in Sochi© Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: Russian President Putin meets with Turkish President Erdogan in Sochi

Relations between Turkey and its NATO allies have been strained over a host of issues, ranging from Ankara's decision to procure Russian air defense systems to Syria policy. Several NATO members condemned Turkey's decision to launch an offensive into northeastern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Polish President “ NATO needs to act to address all of its allies’ concerns. If it addresses some members’ concerns and objects to NATO ’s plans to respond to threats from the south and east had been approved by the North Atlantic Council, the

Ankara has refused to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until it receives more support for its battle with the YPG, which it views as a terrorist organization.

Ahead of his departure from Ankara for the NATO summit, Erdogan said he had spoken to Polish President Andrzej Duda on the phone on Monday and had agreed to meet with him and leaders of Baltic countries in London to discuss the issue.

"With pleasure, we can come together and discuss these issues there as well," he said. "But if our friends at NATO do not recognize as terrorist organizations those we consider terrorist organizations ... we will stand against any step that will be taken there."

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Turkey is not blackmailing NATO with its rejection of a defense plan for the Baltics and Poland, and has full veto rights within the alliance, a Macron has also criticized NATO ahead of the summit, saying the alliance was experiencing a “brain death”. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan lambasted

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe against criticizing his country’s In a speech to lawmakers from his AK party, Erdogan warned that there would be repercussions if Europe viewed Turkey ’s operation in Syria as an The threat comes after European Commission President

A Turkish security source said on Monday that Turkey is not "blackmailing" NATO with its rejection of the plans and that it has full veto rights within the alliance.

Turkey, France, Germany and the United Kingdom are expected to hold a separate meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit. Erdogan said they would mainly discuss Turkish plans to establish a safe zone in northeast Syria, which has until now been met with criticism from Ankara's European allies.

Separately, Turkey has been at odds with Greece and Cyprus over ownership of offshore natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean. Erdogan said he will also meet with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in London.

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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