Turkish Premier defines NATO summit conclusions as satisfactory for Turkey
Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that decisions reached at the end of NATO's Lisbon summit were satisfactory for Turkey, Anadolu Agency reported.
"Turkey put its mark on the summit, particulary Turkey had an influence on shaping up of the strategic concept document," Erdogan told a televised address to the nation.
Erdogan said participants adopted a document that met all Turkey's expectations at the end of challenging negotiations.
"All sensitivities of Turkey were taken into consideration and our concerns were eliminated," he said.
Erdogan said participants agreed that the missile defense system would be assembled in a way that it would fully protect all allies.
"The participants decided that no specific country would be taken as a threat," Erdogan also said.
Erdogan said despite insistence of some European countries, no country was named as a threat country thanks to Turkey's efforts.
"Our neighbors have no concerns about Turkey, on the contrary they appreciate Turkey's struggle in the summit," Erdogan also said.
During Lisbon summit that took place on November 19-20, NATO leaders adopted a new Strategic Concept that will serve as the Alliance's roadmap for the next ten years and that reconfirms the commitment to defend one another against attack as the bedrock of Euro-Atlantic security.
The document lays out NATO's vision for an evolving Alliance that will remain able to defend its members against modern threats and commits NATO to become more agile, more capable and more effective.
The new Strategic Concept offers partner countries around the globe more opportunities for dialogue and cooperation and commits NATO to reinforce cooperation with Russia. It also keeps the door firmly open to membership in NATO to European democracies.
The document highlights the need for NATO to remain ready to play an active role in crisis management operations, whenever it is called to act. Finally, it points to the need for the Alliance to remain cost-effective and makes continuous internal reform a key aspect of the way the Alliance will do business in the future.
Turkey repeatedly said that NATO should not target any other country as a threat and this view was reflected in the paper.
"The Alliance does not consider any country to be its adversary. However, no one should doubt NATO's resolve if the security of any of its members were to be threatened," the document also said.