Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the US decision to withdraw from Syria. He noted that there was a discrepancy between the positions expressed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and those of some Member States regarding Ankara's actions.
Erdogan told reporters that Turkey was ready to implement its decision regarding Manbij.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens on Thursday. During a meeting with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the Presidential Mansion, Stoltenberg applauded Greece for spending 2 percent of its GDP on defense, while hailing the country's contribution to NATO's land and sea operations.
Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg will visit Greece on Thursday to meet with Greek officials, the alliance said in a statement.
Stoltenberg will meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and hold a press conference with the latter at 7 p.m.
The NATO top official will previously visit Rome on Wednesday and then Istanbul on Friday.
Romania will spend 2.5 billion euros to modernize the Black Sea military base as part of counteracting Russia's growing presence in the region, according to The Times, quoted by the FOCUS News Agency. Mikhail Koglignichanu Airbase, located about 200 km. east of Bucharest, will be aligned with NATO standards, as evidenced by documents published by local news sites.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO member states, New Zealand among others, are more often faced with security challenges on a global, rather than regional level. One of the main reasons for that is increased competition between great powers.