UPDATED 8:18 AM PT — Friday, November 29, 2019
Turkey is calling on NATO to support its security amid a standoff over Ankara’s deployment of Russian missile defense systems. In a statement Thursday, the Turkish foreign minister said the alliance is ignoring threats to Turkey’s security posed by Kurdish fighters in Syria. The diplomat criticized NATO for ramping-up security of Baltic states, but not doing the same for Turkey.
Several NATO members have criticized the alliance over its alleged failure to prevent the Turkish offensive in Syria as well as its purchase of Russian S-400 missiles. However, Turkey is calling for deeper dialogue within the alliance.
“NATO decisions need to have a consensus. We are not against NATO’s plans for the Baltic nations, but NATO should also want for Turkey what it wants for the Baltics. We are allies too. We continue these talks. The NATO Secretary General has some ideas, suggestions and we’re discussing those.”
–Mevlut Cavusoglu, Foreign Minister – Turkey
Separate reports claim Turkey may vote down NATO’s proposal to boost defenses of the Baltic states against Russia as retaliation for NATO criticism of Ankara’s recent actions.