Turkey opposes understanding on access of EU forces to NATO assets and planning; EU expects resolution from NATO Summit
Turkey has been blocking the agreement for months, demanding
a decision-making role in the fledgling EU defence initiative.
Ankara wants to be automatically invited to participate in any EU
military operation in the region or which concerns Turkey’s
security interests. The understanding, proposed at the Budapest
meeting, says that non-EU NATO members would be consulted in a
“committee of contributors”.
However, despite initial approval from Ankara,
the agreement now appears to be unacceptable because it “did not
fully address Turkey’s security needs”, according to a Turkish
official, quoted by the Financial Times.