Nato to defend Turkey

BRUSSELS. — NATO says it is prepared to defend its member state Turkey against “threats” on its southern border, where Russian jets mistakenly entered Turkish airspace last weekend.

“NATO is ready and able to defend all allies, including Turkey, against any threats,” NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg announced yesterday prior to a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels, which is expected to focus on the Syrian crisis.

“NATO has already responded by increasing our capacity, our ability, our preparedness to deploy forces including to the south, including in Turkey,” the alliance’s chief said, adding that Russia’s air and cruise missile strikes were “reasons for concern.”

Stoltenberg also complained that there had been a “troubling escalation” in Russian military operations in Syria, following the recent expansion of Moscow’s aerial campaign against foreign-backed terrorist elements engaged in a battle to overthrow the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“In Syria, we have seen a troubling escalation of Russian military activities. We will assess the latest developments and their implications for the security of the alliance,” he added before joining the NATO defence ministers meeting. — Press TV.