Turkey Agrees to NATO Baltic Defense Plan, Ending Rift

Terms of agreement are being kept secret

One day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to block the NATO defense plan for the Baltic states unless the alliance agreed to label the Syrian Kurdish YPG as terrorists, Turkey approved of the Baltic plan after all.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda reported meeting with Erdogan ahead of the agreement. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that an agreement was reached with Turkey, but refused to say what the deal was, or what Turkey had been offered.

The Baltic nations had expressed confidence that Erdogan’s objection would not seriously threaten the plan, and that it would be resolved, as it ultimately was. Stoltenberg bragged that they were able to move forward, despite the lack of details on the deal.

Several NATO nations objected to Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, while Erdogan insisted the alliance help them fight the Kurds, and endorse their position that the YPG are terrorists. There is no sign this has been resolved at all, despite Erdogan indicating on Tuesday that this was the only thing he wanted.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.