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Two Baltic defense chiefs shrug off Turkish threat to freeze NATO’s eastern defense plans

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Sebastian Sprenger  |  December 3, 2019  |  Defense News


LONDON — The defense ministers of Estonia and Lithuania appeared unworried by the prospect of Turkey holding up NATO’s eastern European defense plans over the security of its own border with Syria, portraying the standoff as a second-tier problem that would be easily sorted out.

At issue is Ankara’s refusal to sign off on updated military defense plans for the Baltics and Poland unless NATO addresses what Turkey has called a terrorist threat from YPG Kurdish militia units, which fought alongside alliance forces to curb the Islamic State group in Syria.

The issue is expected to come up as alliance leaders meet in London on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Western European NATO countries are already miffed about Turkey’s October incursion into northern Syria, and the government’s plan to purchase the Russian-made S-400 anti-missile system. READ MORE...

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