2019.11.27 17:15

Lithuanian president calls for compromise after Turkey stalls NATO defence plans

BNS2019.11.27 17:15

Following media reports that Turkey is holding up a NATO defence plan for the Baltic countries and Poland, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says he believes that the alliance will find solutions acceptable to all sides.

"I hope our allies in NATO, the organisation as a whole, are looking for solutions, negotiating and are going to find those solutions that will satisfy all sides. Therefore, I'll refrain from making any categorical judgements," Nausėda told reporters on Tuesday when asked to comment on Turkey's reported refusal to back defence plans.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defence plan for the Baltic states and Poland until the alliance supports Turkey against Kurds in northern Syria.

Read more: Turkey stalls NATO defence plans for Baltics and Poland over Syria

"I understand that different NATO members differ in their approach to these or other problems. But that's what the NATO organisation is for – to help us all find a common denominator or a common solution," he added.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS that he hoped that decisions would be made before NATO's summit in London on December 3-4.

NATO's defence plans for the Baltic states and Poland were first approved in 2010 and updated after Russia's annexation of Crimea, but the discussions on how detailed these plans should be are still ongoing.

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