NATO agrees to Baltics defence plan after divisive meeting

Following a day of drama that revealed deep wounds within NATO, members of the military alliance meeting near London attempted to put on a united front by agreeing to an updated defence plan for the Baltics and Poland, which Turkey had previously threatened to block. NATO leaders said in a concluding statement that Russia’s “aggressive actions” were a threat to Euro-Atlantic security, and that China’s growing influence presented opportunities and challenges for the alliance. “Our solemn commitment as enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty that an attack against one ally shall be considered an attack against us all,” the statement said. NATO member Turkey had warned it would refuse to endorse the plan to bolster the defence of the Baltic states neighbouring Russia and Poland, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanding the alliance recognise groups that Ankara deems terrorists, including the Kurdish YPG. Al Jazeera’s James Bays and Marwan Bishara discuss the development.

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