Turkey is now pushing NATO nations to support its fight in ousting the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria. This has become clear as Ankara refused to extend support to the NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland recently unless the partners provided political support for its cause.
Ankara would want that the alliance puts it down in writing that it does recognize Kurdish YPG militia as a militant outfit. The dispute, before NATO holds its 70th-anniversary summit in London next week, is a sign of divisions between Ankara and Washington over Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria against the YPG militia, which it regards as terrorists with links to Kurdish militants on Turkish soil.
A recent European Parliament debate expressed concerns over how Ankara was not willing to be essentially a part of the EU and how its lack of cooperation became a point of concern. At the NATO level, the alliance has a pressing need to save its partners from a Russia offensive. It is worth noting that Russia has already given consent to help in clearing up the Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.
NATO alliance is looking for 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. However, without Turkey’s approval, it could be harder for NATO to step up its defenses in the Baltics and Poland quickly.
Turkey has already extended a warm hand to Russia when it opted to buy its S-400 systems over the M-25 of the American make, making things tense with the Trump administration that then comfortably pulled off support from the Kurdish groups stationed in Syria and leaving northern Syria at the whim and fancy of Ankara.
Right now, the Baltic states and Poland have requested for a savior plan to be drawn up after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. But this has no direct bearing on Turkey’s strategy in Syria. However, Ankara is trying to leverage this situation to garner support for its selfish interest in Syria by raising issues about security on all of NATO’s frontiers.
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