NATO plans to strengthen forces in Poland despite past Turkish opposition

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NATO leaders have agreed to update the Alliance’s defense plans for Poland and the Baltic states, despite Turkey’s earlier claims that it will oppose strengthening the eastern flank.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during his press conference after the summit in London, that he had spoken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday morning concerning Turkey’s opposition to updating the defense plans.

Previously, Turkey made its decision to support efforts to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank dependent on NATO’s political support for combating Kurdish militias in Syria.

According to the chancellery of Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Turkey had not demanded anything in exchange for withdrawing its opposition.

Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO not only has plans to defend Poland and other member states, but also more armed forces than before.