Greece, an EU member, has warned that it may block the deal with Turkey on European rapid reaction force. Turkey had earlier announced that it was ready to drop its objections to NATO sharing its military equipment and planning capabilities with the EU rapid reaction force.
The Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou has warned that the fact that Turkey had accepted the deal “does not mean that Greece has agreed”. He stressed that the deal between Turkey, Britain and the United States did not apply to the EU as a whole. Greece could use its veto to block an EU agreement with Turkey.
The deal apparently meets Turkey’s demand to be consulted about the EU rapid reaction force’s activities on a case-by-case basis.
The EU is counting on NATO to provide its strategic capabilities to resolve potential European crises. However, the deal between the two organisations has been blocked for months by Turkey, a NATO but not an EU member. Turkey wants to participate in the EU’s decision-making on defence issues.