Turkey drops block on defense plan for Baltics - NATO chief

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

Asked whether Turkey is committed to protecting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, Trump said yes.

"I give a lot of credit to Turkey for that, ceasefire is holding very much", he said.

He told a news conference after an alliance summit outside London that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders did not discuss the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist organization. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in a statement that the agreement was a "huge achievement not only for our country, but for the whole region".

The security alliance has recently been criticized by French President Emmanuel Macron, calling it "brain death, quot; due to the lack of strategic cooperation among members.

It was a very good meeting, I think", Trump mentioned throughout a gathering with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He paused and said, "And honestly, with Trudeau, he's a nice guy". "(President Macron) He needs protection more than anybody and I see him breaking off". Trump said he was looking at imposing sanctions on Ankara over the issue.

And more than that, we have not only plans but also forces.

"The common enemy today is the terrorist groups".

"I discussed this with President Erdogan last night and we are working on the issue as we speak".

"The leaders said they would work to create the conditions for the safe, voluntary and sustainable return of refugees and that the fight must be continued against terrorism in all its forms", Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said in a statement.

Speaking after the meeting, Trump blamed the current spat on the Obama administration for refusing to sell the US' Patriot missile system to Turkey.

Trump defended Stoltenberg's record of pushing allies for increased defence spending, but he reiterated his own long-standing complaints. "So we have to address the rise of China together and I look forward to the allies' doing that at this leaders' meeting for the first time".

"NATO must act in a way that will meet the concerns of all allies".

Washington and Paris have long argued over NATO's goal - France opposed the 2003 Iraq war - but the new tensions will add to doubts over the alliance's future that have grown with Trump's ambivalence over US commitments to defend Europe.