NATO Refuses to Support Turkey in the Event of a Conflict With Russia

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

19th February, 2016


izvestia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, said today that NATO allies will not support Turkey in case of a conflict with Russia, according to Der Spiegel.

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According to Asselborn, the country of the North Atlantic Alliance does not intend to participate in an escalation in the conflict between Russia and Turkey. The Foreign Minister of Luxembourg underlined that the authorities of all state-members of NATO have a common stance on this issue.

“The Alliance should not be drawn into the escalating conflict between Turkey and Russia. The NATO Charter that guarantees mutual defense applies only in the case of an open attack,” said Asselborn.

As a reminder, relations between the two countries are experiencing a crisis after the Turkish military shot down a Russian su-24 that was in Syria. Ankara stated that the aircraft allegedly crossed the border but did not provide evidence. The radar system of the Ministry of Defence and the government army of Syria documented that the su-24 was in Syria at the time of the attack.

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