Trump meets with Erdogan

NATO soldiers of U.S. take part in a military exercise'Saber Strike 2018 at the Training Range in Pabrade some 60km north of the capital Vilnius Lithuania Monday

Turkey says no change in objection to NATO plan on Baltics

Polish President Andrzej Duda held a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Monday to discuss Turkey's support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plans for the Baltic region, before flying to London for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Duda's chief aide has said.

France has been angered by Turkey's military operation in northern Syria against the YPG, which was a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg appeared dismissive of the whole matter, saying that NATO's entire alliance will respond militarily to any attacks of the Baltic countries.

"Frankly, a lot of people have great respect for Turkey for the work that they've done", Trump said.

"With pleasure, we can join and discuss these issues there too", he said.

Later, Erdogan is set to attend a reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by Prime Minister Johnson.

A French presidency official said Trump often makes strident statements ahead of bilateral meetings and cools his rhetoric later.

The US President added that "Turkey has been very good in honoring security in the Balkans". He said he believes France alone can't take a hard-line stance on Turkey, whose leader threatened to release millions of migrants from the Middle East into Europe if the European Union criticized him too much. "It's a very risky statement for them to make".

Trump later softened his tone at a joint appearance with Macron, but the French leader stood by his approach - and his choice of language - and turned his guns on Turkey.

Erdogan said unless his condition is met, Turkey will continue to obstruct NATO's deployment plans in the Baltic and Poland.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today rejected criticism of a maritime boundary deal with Libya that allows Ankara to claim rights over vast areas coveted by other countries including Greece.

The Turkish side said the meeting lasted about 30 minutes. By the end of 2024, that figure is expected to rise to $400 billion, said Stoltenberg, who credited Trump with pushing members to spend more on defense.

"And yet you still have many delinquent - you know I call them delinquent when they're not paid up in full", Trump said.

These include defining space as a domain of conflict - alongside land, sea, air and cyber space - as well as acknowledging for the first time the "challenges" posed by China's rise.

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