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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

President Duda: NATO defense plan for Poland and Baltics was approved

President Andrzej Duda informed that the official news from NATO headquarters came that plans for strengthening the security and defense of Poland and the Baltic States have been approved.

"I am very happy about this, because it is the final military, technical approval of political decisions that were taken during the last NATO summit in London in December 2019" - said Duda.

On Tuesday, NATO approved a new defense plan for Poland and the Baltic states after the allies reached a compromise with Turkey which had been vetoing it.

The deal marked a breakthrough after months of talks over Turkey's demand to receive more support in its fight against YPG/PKK before it allowed the plan to come into effect.

NATO leaders agreed to the plan at a summit in December but Ankara has until now stopped it from being enacted.

Lithuanian officials have repeatedly said they were seeking stronger air defense and swifter deployment of allied forces in case of crisis.

A NATO diplomatic source in Brussels told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the plans were approved but did not give further details.