Turkey announced over the weekend that it is ready to drop its objections to NATO sharing its military equipment and planning capabilities with the EU rapid reaction force. Ankara said that negotiations between Turkey, NATO and the EU have produced a basis for cooperation.
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.
The Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Eçevit has
said that Turkey’s expectations “have to a very large extent been
met”. He said that Turkey had made no compromises.
The agreement will facilitate Turkey’s
cooperation with the EU. Ankara will be allowed to take part in the
Convention that will discuss further reforms for the enlarged