Turkey has evidently supplanted Italy in the NATO Quint. Note that deliberations over “Aegean and Mediterranean issues” don’t include Greece.


Hurriyet Daily News
June 15, 2022

NATO summit discussed at five-way meeting in Berlin

Representatives of Turkey, Germany, the U.S., Britain and France met in Berlin on June 14, where the upcoming NATO summit, Sweden and Finland’s membership application to the alliance, food shipments and Aegean issues were at the center of discussions.

Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, Foreign and Security Policy Adviser to the German Federal Chancellery Jens Plötner, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, U.K. National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove and French Foreign Ministry Director-General for Policy and Security Affairs Philippe Errera attended the five-way meeting.

The upcoming NATO summit to be held in Madrid on June 29-30 and its strategic concept, the membership application processes of Sweden and Finland, the developments in the Ukraine war and the Black Sea grain shipment process, Aegean and Mediterranean issues, as well as regional issues, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iran, were discussed at the meeting.

It was emphasized that at a time when the global effects of the Ukraine war continue, the solidarity of the alliance and the need to display a clear stance against terrorism without discrimination is crucial.


In the context of Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid, [Kalin] stated that no progress can be made unless concrete steps are taken on the issue of terrorist organizations. Turkey would not compromise its legitimate rights in the Aegean and Mediterranean issues, Kalın conveyed….


Daily Sabah
June 15, 2022

Turkey, Germany, US, UK, France convene in Berlin before NATO summit

Top officials from Turkey, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and France gathered in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming NATO leaders’ summit and regional developments.

Turkey’s Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın, the German chancellor’s foreign and security policy aide Jens Plotner, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan, U.K. national security adviser Stephen Lovegrove and Philippe Errera, director-general for political affairs and security at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting.

According to a statement by Kalın’s office, the senior officials discussed the NATO summit slated for June 29-30 and its strategic concept, the membership application process for Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids, the ongoing war in Ukraine and Black Sea grain shipments.


On another note, Kalın’s office said developments in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas were discussed as well as regional issues such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iran.

The officials also emphasized the importance of alliance solidarity at a time when the global effects of the Ukraine war continue….