Turkey and NATO have reached an agreement which will give EU rapid reaction forces access to NATO’s military assets
The understanding of 29 May paves the way for an EU-NATO
agreement, which has been blocked by Turkey for months. The
agreement, which is still subject to the EU’s approval, will give
the Union access to NATO’s military planning capabilities.
The deal is a result of secret diplomatic
negotiations between British, US and Turkish diplomats in Istanbul
ahead of the NATO meeting, and of intense talks at the foreign
ministers meeting in Budapest.
However, the EU will only have free access to
NATO’s non-strategic assets. It will have to obtain NATO’s consent
to use strategic assets, such as intelligence, command and control
structures, or fuel pipelines, which would give Turkey the right to