ANKARA, (BM) – Ankara expects NATO allies to support the crisis in the Syrian province of Idlib, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“We expect concrete support from all of our allies,” he said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We mainly discussed the situation in Syria … and the need for additional support from NATO,” Erdogan added.
According to him, the Turkish-Syrian border is also the southern border of NATO. “The crisis in Syria is a threat to our region and, in fact, to all of Europe,” the Turkish president said. “Not a single European country has the right to look indifferently at the fighting and the humanitarian tragedy in Syria.”
“NATO at this critical moment must show allied solidarity,” Erdogan said, explaining that a significant part of Ankara’s request for NATO relates to the implementation of support measures for Turkey’s defense in accordance with decisions taken in 2012 and 2015.
He expressed confidence that the necessary steps would be taken.
At the beginning of a statement to the press, Erdogan recalled the attack by the Syrian Air Force, during which Turkish soldiers died, which caused Turkey to appeal to the North Atlantic Council in accordance with Article 4 of the Washington Treaty for consultations on February 28 in Brussels.
At the end of the meeting with Stoltenberg, which was held at the Permanent Representation of Turkey to the European Union, Erdogan went to the EU to meet with the Presidents of the European Council Charles Michel and the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
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