Turkey blocks signing NATO defence plan for Poland, Baltic States

Turkey refused to back the NATO defence plan for Poland and the Baltic States, as the state has not received enough political support from the alliance for its actions against Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, according to Reuters agency.

In exchange for their approval, Turkey demands the formal recognition of YPG as terrorists by NATO. So far, their envoy has been told not to sign the plan.

NATO is seeking formal approval by all 29 member states for the military plan to defend Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the event of a Russian attack. The lack of Turkey’s consent for the plan means more delay in strengthening the alliance’s eastern flank.

“The Turks are taking eastern Europeans hostage, blocking approval of this military planning until they get concessions," one of the diplomatic sources told Reuters.

Referring to the case, NATO's spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said: "NATO has plans for defending all allies. NATO's commitment to the safety and security of all allies is unwavering.”

The dispute is likely to be brought up at the 70th NATO anniversary summit in London in early December.

In line with the provisions of the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949, an armed assault on one of the signatories of the pact is equal to an attack on all NATO countries. The treaty has developed various military strategies regarding the defence of its territory. Turkey blocking the signing of the new plan may become a dangerous precedent for Poland.