NATO has no plans to provide Ankara with military support if Turkey launches a military operation in northern Syria, a diplomatic source from a NATO country told TASS on Monday.

“NATO countries will not support the invocation of Article 5 over the death of Turkish troops in Idlib in early February,” the source pointed out.

According to him, NATO is not considering the possibility of providing Turkey with military assistance in the event of a military operation in the region.

The diplomat said that the death of Turkish troops in Idlib was a tragedy but it had taken place during a unilateral military operation on foreign soil, which goes beyond Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty.

He added that the fact was clear to Turkey as well, which is why Ankara had not tried to initiate NATO consultations on the matter.

As for the possibility of a Turkish military operation aimed at halting the advance of Syrian government forces in Idlib and assisting illegal armed groups in retaining control of certain parts of the province, the source noted that as a NATO member, Turkey had the political support of other member states but there were no plans to provide Ankara with military assistance.

The diplomat emphasized that not all NATO members shared Turkey’s goals in Syria and Libya, and the issue of providing military support to Turkey had not been raised at a meeting of NATO defense ministers on February 12-13.

The situation in the Syrian province of Idlib escalated after the Russian and Turkish militaries had made another attempt to ensure a ceasefire. In response, terrorists increased attacks, killing both Russian and Turkish military experts.

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The Syrian army took action against extremists, seizing the town of Saraqib on February 5. On February 7, Turkey’s Milliyet newspaper reported that three out of 12 Turkish observation points were located in areas controlled by Damascus.

On the morning of February 11, Syrian opposition forces supported by Turkey launched large-scale attacks on Syrian government troops, particularly on Saraqib and the Nayrab settlement. The fighting also involved supporters of the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group (outlawed in Russia). Syrian troops thwarted the attacks, while militants suffered substantial losses.

 

Source: TASS

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FairsFair
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FairsFair
2020-02-17 22:52

NATO to Erdogan, “Your jihadis, your mess. You’re on your own, Bud….”
Did Erdogan actually think that NATO wants to start WWIII with Putin’s Russia and for Turkey’s territorial ambitions for a neo-Ottoman dream at that?

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-18 12:22
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NATO wants nothing as it has no will, it’s “just” the strong arm of USA+EU, it’s NOT a political entity. The conditions for a NATO intervention are clearly specified in its charter and, any way are NOT met by what happens with Turkey. ErDOG seem to believe that NATO will do whatever he wants, and he’s seriously deluded thinking this : Turkey’s military budget is about the 20-25th of the US one and not even the third of France, UK or Germany… ALL shitlamists dream of a WW3 between Russia+China and NATO where they would destroy each other so shitlam… Read more »

Sam
Sam
2020-02-21 00:41
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Erdogan might be CIA assets and perhaps he is playing a double game. He wants to drag Russia and Iran into the big war with Turkey. It will be victory for US but tragedy for all others including the EU.

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Nestor Arapa
2020-02-17 23:08

Llora Erdogan, el ejercito Sirio les aplastará junto a tus terroristas.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-17 23:58

NATO already said this several years ago when Turkey deployed troops in Syria, this is not news, and BTW, it’s a mutual defence treaty, not a mutual aggression treaty. Since Turkey started a war against Syria, it’s even likely that Turkey will be left alone if Syria strikes into Turkey too, especially since ErDOG is constantly acting against other NATO countries interests, especially EU ones’ interests… Considering how the ErDOG has changed the country, I don’t see anyone in Europe willing to fight for Turkey, in fact, many in the public opinion consider Turkey should be “Balkanised” like Yugoslavia!

Flash
Flash
2020-02-17 23:15

Well, evidently. They don’t know the terrain and it’s infested with terrorists.

Sam
Sam
2020-02-21 00:38

If the war between Turkey, Russia and Iran start the millions of refugees will come to Europe. It will be the the worst humanitarian catastrophe in modern history.