NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg should assess the consequences of the Turkish invasion of Northern Syria for Turkey’s membership in the Alliance and decide whether Ankara to be a reliable partner, writes Der Spiegel, citing the words of the Deputy of the German Bundestag Rolf Mutzenich. The politician stressed that NATO members must respect the principles of international law, and noted that Turkey’s actions in Syria cannot be justified “right to self-defense”.
ReutersПредседатель faction of the social democratic party in the Bundestag Rolf Mutzenich questioned Turkey’s membership in NATO in light of the military operation of Turkish forces in Syria, writes Der Spiegel.
“Everyone needs to decide for themselves whether and if he wants to be part of NATO. Turkey is also directly related. The invasion of Turkish armed forces in Northern Syria in any measure does not fall under the right to self-defense. My doubts in Turkey has increased — not for the first time, from the date of purchase of Russian air defense system”, — leads edition of the words of the German politician, who also stressed that any NATO member should respect the principles of international law. According to Mutzenich, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg must evaluate the consequences of the invasion of Turkey into Syria for its membership in the Alliance and decide whether continue to Ankara to be a reliable partner. In addition, the MP called for a full European embargo on arms to Turkey. Der Spiegel recalled that two weeks ago the Turkish army invaded the North of Syria, to drive out Kurdish forces. Last Tuesday, the Reggea Erdogan and Vladimir Putin agreed that the Turkish and Russian forces will work together to control the region. Meanwhile, the Bundestag approved the decision on the extension of the Bundeswehr’s mission in Syria until March 31, 2020, the newspaper notes.