NATO puts defence strategy for Poland, Baltics into action, officers say – Reuters United kingdom

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VILNIUS (Reuters) – NATO has set a defence system for Poland and Baltic states into action immediately after Turkey dropped its objections, officers from Lithuania, Poland and France have reported.

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FILE Photograph – NATO flag flutters for the duration of the celebration of the 15th anniversary of Lithuania’s membership in NATO in Vilnius, Lithuania March thirty, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Turkey’s international ministry declined to remark on Thursday.

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The plan for Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, specifics of which are classified, was drawn up at their request soon after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. It was authorised at a NATO summit in London in December.

But Turkey did not allow for NATO chiefs to place the system into action unless they recognised the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria as a terrorists.

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“The Turks have dropped their objections,” an formal of the French Armed Forces Ministry explained on Wednesday.

A NATO diplomat explained that the strategies had been now last but not least agreed.

Whilst it was unclear if Turkey extracted any concessions for agreeing, a next NATO diplomat mentioned Ankara experienced acquiesced soon after strain from the other 29 allies late past month.

The Poland and Baltics defence system, identified as Eagle Defender, has no immediate bearing on Turkey’s tactic in Syria.

“Putting in position the political decision, which was achieved in London, is a success for all NATO,” Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told reporters. Paweł Soloch, head of Poland’s National Stability Bureau, also verified the deal.

Turkey began its offensive in northern Syria just after the United States pulled 1,000 troops out of the space in October. Ankara’s NATO allies have stated the incursion undermines the struggle towards Islamic Point out militants.

NATO declined to remark immediately, expressing that it “has options in spot to shield all allies. Those people strategies are regularly revised and updated”.

Reporting by John Irish in Paris, Joanna Plucinska in Warsaw, Robin Emmott in Brussels and Andrius Sytas in Vilnius Editing by Giles Elgood

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