bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Tuesday 21.01.2020 | Name days: Agne, Agnese, Agnija

Sources: Turkey is slow with support of NATO’s defence plan for Baltics and Poland

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

defence, topical, Islamic State, Kurdish militants, NATO, Poland, international relations, Turkey Turkey will refuse to support NATO’s defence plan for Baltic States and Poland if the alliance does not offer Ankara greater support in the fight against Kurdish armed group People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern parts of Syria, as confirmed by four high-ranking sources in the alliance.

Ankara has ordered its ambassador to not sign NATO’s plan, as well as maintain a strong position in all meetings and private conversations, demanding the alliance to recognize YPG a terrorist organization, sources say.

Turkey’s delegation to NATO has not commented on this information as of yet. Turkey’s Foreign and Defence Ministry have not responded to requests for comments.

The dispute prior to next week’s NATO summit in London is yet another sign of the fracture in relations between Washington and Ankara in regards to Kurdish militants in Syria, who were allies to USA in the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State in the Middle East for years. Ankara insists that YPG is a branch of the Turkish Kurds armed separatist group Kurdistan Workers Party.

NATO ambassadors are trying to secure support of all 29 member states for the military plan for the defence of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the event of Russia’s military aggression.

Without Turkey, it would be harder for NATO to quickly organize enhancement of the defence potential in Poland and Baltic States.

«They [Turks] make Eastern Europeans hostages by blocking this military plan until they have what they want,» Reuters was told by a diplomatic source.

When asked about this topic, NATO press-secretary Oana Lungescu said: «NATO’s plan is intended for the protection of all allies. NATO’s commitment towards the protection of all allies is unbendable.»

Turkey had presented it demands even before its invasion of Syria’s north. The topic became on top again on the eve of the upcoming summit, during which it is planned to approve security documents.

NATO ambassadors nevertheless hope to reach a compromise, because Ankara also wants leaders to approve the updated military plan that outlines details for how NATO will defend Turkey in the event of an attack, said two diplomatic sources.

«Everyone criticizes them [Turks], but if they back away, the price for this will be excluding them from the Syrian strategy,» said one source.

On 9 October Turkey invaded Syria’s north-eastern territories controlled by Kurds. Several hundred people were killed in the invasion and approximately 300 000 were made refugees.

Read also: France criticises American NATO leadership as being «brain dead»

Turkey’s invasion of Syria became possible after US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from the border between Syria and Turkey, which served as guarantee Turkey would not attack Kurds in Syria.

Since 2004 USA and Syria’s Kurds have been allies in the fights against the terrorist organization Islamic State and have worked together to tear down the Jihadist Caliphate. Approximately 10 000 Kurdish militants have died in this war.


Leave a reply

Minister: Rebenoks is one of the winners of Latvenergo council members selection process

The decision regarding approval of the new Latvenergo council, to which is planned to delegate Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro’s advisor Pāvels Rebenoks, could be made by Economy Ministry’s state secretary, said Nemiro.

Railway freight volumes in Latvia drop 15.8% in 2019

When compared to 2018, railway freight volumes in Latvia had declined 15.8% in 2019. Total railway freight volumes reached 41.492 million tonnes, according to data from the Transport Ministry.

UN: Illegal for countries to send back climate refugees

UN Human Rights Committee has found that it is illegal for countries to send refugees to their home countries if their lives or welbeing is in danger at home.

18 589 thousand children born and 12 913 marriages signed in Latvia in 2019

In Latvia, birth number has been declining for four years in a row. 18 589 births were registered in 2019, which is 725 births fewer than in 2018.

Kaimiņš invites KPV LV to decide on party’s liquidation during congress

KPV LV does more bad than good for the country now and is beyond saving, said the party’s founder, Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš in an interview to Latvijas Radio, inviting members of the party to decide on its liquidation at the upcoming congress.

Krūmiņš and Raitums receive fines for illegal financing of ZZS and For Latvia from the Heart

At the end of 2019 Businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš and financial consultant associated with him Jorens Raitums both agreed to pay EUR 100 000 fine for using third parties to gather money for the Union of Greens and Farmers and For Latvia from the Heart, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Estonian producer price index decreased in 2019

Estonia’s producer price index of industrial output decreased from December 2018 to December 2019 by 1.2%, the country’s official statistical body Statistics Estonia estimated.

Justice Minister: Bičkovičs might pick prosecutor general candidate before amendments

Ivars Bičkovičs, chairman of the Supreme Court of Latvia, may be able to perform some manoeuvres to pick the most appropriate candidate for the post of prosecutor general before amendments aimed at changing the order candidates for the aforementioned position are picked come to force, said Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to newspaper Latvijas Avīze.

Estonian minister stresses immigration’s dominance in population growth

In Estonia, where statistics expect the 2019 to have been the fifth consecutive year of population growth, the Population Affairs Minister has pointed to current foreign immigration rate exceeding the country’s aim of foreign immigration.

Programme: minister wants state secretary gone over an objection

Prior to major changes in Latvenergo’s council and board, the company’s current supervisor and Economy Ministry’s state secretary Ēriks Eglītis may lose his post. It is worth mentioning that he objected to providing Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro’s once boss Pāvels Rebenoks an official post, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

UK’s Prince Harry steps down from royal duties after funding row

United Kingdom’s Prince Harry has announced the resignation of him and his wife Meghan from their royal duties after they did not succeed in being allowed to continue to serve without public funding. Prince Harry and Meghan have agreed to no longer formally represent the British Queen.

National Alliance wants pre-election promotion carried out only in state language in Latvia

On Monday, 20 January, at the meeting of the Coalition Council the National Alliance «All for Latvia-For Fatherland/LNNK» will ask participated in the meeting to discuss amendments to the Pre-election Campaign Law that propose limiting pre-election promotion to state language only.

Libya peace talks in Berlin seek to stop foreign involvement in war

A peace conference on Libya has been held in Berlin, where 11 countries have undertaken to respect an arms embargo and called for a lasting peace in the North African country between its two competing governments.

Weather in Latvia to be volatile this week; nights to be chilly on some days

This week’s weather is expected to be volatile in Latvia – the sky will be covered with clouds on some days and clear on others, some precipitation and strong wind is also expected. This week also air temperature will mostly stay at above 0° C.

Week in Lithuania: police on hunt of a child’s kidnapper, 2020 conscription list announced, Belarus seeks Lithuania’s help

In Lithuania, the top news stories last week were the police hunt of a child’s kidnapper, the announcement of the 2020 conscription list and Belarus seeking Lithuania’s help court.

BNN summary of the week: Lay-offs at LDz. KNAB wrapped around ZZS’ finger. Ķuzis steps down

The last week demonstrated that not everything that glitters is gold. Although previously Latvian Railway proudly reported growing freights and revenue, the statement released in the middle of the week suggests the company is not in the best state – the company plans to lay off 1 500 workers by the end of the year.

FKTK lists exceptions in which banks are allowed to service Aivars Lembergs

Latvian Finance and Capital Market Commission has listed cases in which Latvia’s finance market participants will be allowed to service Aivars Lembergs, who is subjected to US OFAC sanctions and accused of serious crimes, and three organizations associated with him – Ventspils Development Agency, Business Development Association and Latvian Transit Business Association.

Appropriate jobs promised for laid-off LDz workers

Latvian State Employment Agency promises to find appropriate jobs for laid-off Latvian Railway workers. If need be, those people will be provided the opportunity for re-qualification, raise their qualification or train for a new profession, as confirmed by the agency’s representative Signe Bierande.

Bordāns selects potential candidates to lead the Supreme Court and Prosecutor General’s office

I can see people who could take the reins over the Office of the Prosecutor General and the Supreme Court and change their work standards, Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns told TV3 programme 900 seconds when asked about any potential candidates to lead those institutions.

Ukrainian Prime Minister ready quit after leaked voice recording

Ukrainian head of government Oleksiy Honcharuk has offered to resign following the circulation of an audio recording, where criticism of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his knowledge in economy is voiced.

Inflation in Latvia reportedly higher than Europe’s and Eurozone’s in December

In December 2019 inflation in Latvia was higher than the average in the European Union and Eurozone, according to information published by Eurostat on Friday, 17 January.

Estonian population growth continues in 2019 due to immigration

Estonia has registered in 2019 population growth for the fifth consecutive year and it can be explained with immigration not with natural growth, according to preliminary data released by Statistics Estonia.

BNN investigation | Raunas street property: quiet assistant with a «secret wallet» for Lembergs

There are suspicions that Aivars Lembergs, subjected to international sanctions, has sold real estate located on Raunas Street 27 in Riga to his sister «on paper only». This may have been done to avoid confiscation of properties in the event of a guilty verdict or a possible arrest over the real estate property. However, it is possible Lembergs maintains full control over this real estate property and, most likely, the property is used to fatten his wallet on a regular basis.

Audit: majority of Latvian housing stock has degraded to a state of a slum

Since the denationalization effective access to housing security in Latvia does not exist and most of the housing stock has degraded up to a state of a slum, as concluded by the Latvian State Audit.

Prime minister affirms possibility of carrying oil supplies for Belarus through Latvia

During his meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on Thursday, 16 January, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš affirmed that oil supplies for Belarus may be possible using Latvia’s ports.


Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!