Allegations on Ankara's veto against a new defense plan on the eastern front had already emerged recently, if a statement to describe Kurdish militias as a "threat" for the security of Turkey and the Alliance won't be accepted.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Purchasing the S-400 opens Ankara up to sanctions under, a 2017 act that, among other things, can be used to penalize allies for "transactions" with the Russian defense sector.
Turkey has been the global frontrunner in the fight against terrorism, especially against the terrorist YPG/PKK, Daesh/ISIS and FETO, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup.
"We agreed that the fight against Daesh should continue", she said, adding that authorities from these countries would continue their discussions on this matter. "I'm sorry to say, we don't have the same definition of terrorism around the table", Macron told reporters.
In the runup to Turkey's S-400 purchase, the U.S. used the threat of withholding the next-generation F-35 stealth fighter jet from Ankara as a bargaining chip, citing concerns that the S-400 could learn the jet's "secrets" if operated alongside it.
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They also argued that Trump did not attempt to obstruct House impeachment proceedings, a claim that House Democrats have made. In a letter to Nadler on Sunday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said they will not participate in Wednesday's hearing.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Turkey had dropped its block on a plan to bolster the defenses of Baltic states and Poland against Russian Federation.
The YPG's fighters have always been USA and French allies on the ground against Daesh in Syria. The Kurdish militias there are considered terrorists by Ankara.
Last year, the Western allies' get-together was derailed by US President Donald Trump's demand for greater European defence spending, but 2019's provocateur was France's Emmanuel Macron.
"The border and the safe zone is working out very well. and I gave a lot of credit to Turkey for that", the president continued. "You can take everyone you want", Trump said in a light-hearted tone.
Allies moved forward with other priorities, including implementing a plan that calls for nations to have 30 warships, 30 fighter-bomber squadrons and 30 land battalions available for combat in 30 days, Stoltenberg said. The cease-fire is holding very much so and I think people are surprised, ' Trump said.