NATO warns Turkey it can’t count on support in a conflict with Russia as tensions escalate

Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Paul Martin

European diplomats warned that Ankara cannot invoke Article 5
Germany says that NATO cannot ‘pay the price for a war started by Turks’
Turkey has called for international ground operation in Syria
Russia called Security Council meeting to halt Turkey’s shelling of Kurds

By GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE
DailyMail.com
20 February 2016

European diplomats have warned the Turkish government that it cannot count on the NATO support should the conflict with Russia escalate into an armed conflict, according to German media.

Ankara has called for a joint ground operation in Syria with its international allies, insisting it is the only way to stop the country’s five-year war. Saudi Arabia has said it would be ready to take part in an international force to be deployed in Syria.

But Russia, which has been carrying out air strikes in support of main regional ally Bashar al-Assad, has voiced its opposition to the operation. It also called on the Security Council to press Turkey to halt its shelling of Kurdish forces in northern Syria – but it was rejected.

Turkey’s plan was based on the assumption that, in case of conflict, the country could invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the collective defence clause if any member state is attacked.

But Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn told German magazine Der Spiegel that the Turkish government cannot count on Nato

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