Turkey threatens to block the NATO Baltic defense plan on YPG

A Turkish flag flies next to NATO logo at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels Belgium

A Turkish flag flies next to NATO logo at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels Belgium

He also called on Donald Trump to waive sanctions and sell Turkey fighter jets.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK - listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the USA and the European Union - has been responsible for the deaths of almost 40, people, including women, children, and infants.

"How is it possible to be a member of the alliance, to work with - to be integrated and buy things from Russian Federation?" he asked, referring to Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system.

Turkey has also challenged the unity of the alliance by investing in Russian weapons - namely the defense system S-400.

Putting China on NATO's agenda has been a top military priority of the US, which is concerned about Beijing's ambitions in the Arctic and about Chinese 5G technology, which American officials say presents a security risk. Both countries sparred over trade past year, and Ankara has pressured Washington to extradite Fethulla Gulen, an Islamic cleric Erdogan claims orchestrated a failed 2016 coup against him.

The meeting was not on Trump's official schedule, and was conducted on the sidelines of other events with world leaders before Trump was set to depart.

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"We will not debate this sovereign right with you. But we need to have alternatives".

"When I look at Turkey, they now are fighting against those who fight with us - who fought with us shoulder-to-shoulder against ISIS - and sometimes they work with ISIS proxies", he said.

Washington said in July it was removing Turkey from the F-35 program and has warned of possible USA sanctions.

The head of Poland's National Security Bureau (BBN), Pawel Soloch, said the 30-minute phone call had underscored that Poland understands Turkey's security interests and that as far as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forum is concerned, Poland's position concerning Turkey has never been radical. Ankara, for its part, has remained silent on the topic so far.

"We are looking at it now, and we're talking about it now", he told journalists.

Macron said he felt a four-way meeting on Tuesday with Erdogan and the British and German leaders had helped "clear up misunderstandings", adding he thought the Turkish leader had concluded blocking the plan was not in his interests. "Let's do what strategic partnership entails".

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