NATO meeting fails to approve first defense plans since Cold War

NATO defense ministers recently met in Brussels but failed to reach an agreement on the alliance's first defense plans since the end of the Cold War. 

The reasons for the failure and the implications are as follows:

  • Turkey blocked the decision over the wording of geographical locations, particularly with regard to Cyprus.
  • Despite the failure to formally endorse regional plans, a senior U.S. official anticipates that these plans will be part of a series of deliverables for the Vilnius Summit in July.
  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg mentioned that the ministers reviewed the plans, which were the first since the end of the Cold War and given impetus by Russia's actions .
  • A NATO diplomat stated that there is still an opportunity to find a solution before the NATO summit in mid-July in Vilnius.

In summary, the NATO meeting failed to approve the first defense plans since the Cold War due to disagreements over geographical locations. However, there is still a chance to find a solution before the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius in July.