The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.
However, NATO-EU cooperation and the increase of defense spending across European Allies and Canada will be the main topics in the two-day meeting agenda as High Representative-Vice President Federica Mogherini is also going to participate in the discussions. As result, $46 billion more is being spent on defense. "This is substantial progress, and a good start".
The EU's so-called permanent structured cooperation on defense agreement, known as PESCO, has projects in view already to develop new military equipment and improve cooperation and decision-making. "By 2024, 22 allies are expected to invest 20 percent or more of their defense budgets on major capabilities, which is NATO's guideline".
"This should lead to significant improvements in our forces and their readiness", he said, "but we still have a long way to go". The allies also are increasing their contributions to operations, missions and activities.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday warned the European Union its new defense cooperation pact must not undermine the alliance, as United States officials voiced fresh concerns about the flagship initiative. "Eighty percent of [Supreme Allied Commander Europe's] area of responsibility is covered by water".
As such, the U.S. may need to be wary that a renewed focus on European threats, such as immigration in the Mediterranean, does not detract from NATO's missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense", Mattis said in February 2017.
The US, however, is concerned the bidding process might exclude US firms.
Finally, the ministers will discuss NATO's deterrence and defense posture and the alliance's role in projecting stability and fighting terrorism.
"It is extremely important to stabilise the country after the combat operations have ended", said Stoltenberg, who visited the US president at the White House previous year.
Turkey has legitimate security concerns and has the right to deal with it, said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg yesterday regarding Operation Olive Branch, referring to the terror attacks that the country has suffered over the years.