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Turkey | Erdogan Warns: Turkey to oppose NATO plan if it fails to recognize terrorism threats


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stressed on Tuesday, ahead of a NATO alliance summit in London, that Turkey will oppose NATO’s plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognize groups that Turkey deems terrorists.

Ahead of his departure from Ankara for the NATO summit, Erdogan said he had spoken to Polish President Andrzej Duda on the phone on Monday and had agreed to meet with him and leaders of Baltic countries in London to discuss the issue.

“With pleasure, we can come together and discuss these issues there as well,” he said.

“But if our friends at NATO do not recognize as terrorist organizations those we consider terrorist organizations ... we will stand against any step that will be taken there.” The president added.