Stoltenberg: despite the invasion of Northern Syria, Turkey is an important ally for NATO

Столтенберг: несмотря на вторжение на севере Сирии, Турция — важный союзник для НАТО

Turkey has made a significant contribution to the fight against “Islamic state”, said in an interview with Bild, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Thanks, she managed to physically destroy the so-called Caliphate. In addition, none of the allies did not accept so many Syrian refugees, and has not suffered as much from terrorism as Turkey, said the head of the Alliance.

The death of the leader of the terrorist group “Islamic state”* Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does not mean that a terrorist organization is over, but this “milestone in our fight against this enemy,” he said in an interview with Bild, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “ISIS is a very brutal terrorist organization that until recently controlled large territories in Iraq and Syria, inhabited by millions of people. We liberated these territories. But the IG is not yet defeated. We need to make sure that it won’t be back,” he explained.

“The ISIS have sleeper cells of agents, a secret network and it is working to back — continued the Secretary General. Our mission is not yet accomplished. So Antiepilepsy the coalition must continue to make efforts. In this respect, Germany makes an important contribution.” Stoltenberg has approved the proposal of the defence Minister Annegret Kramp-of Karrenbauer about the creation of a security zone in Northern Syria: “I very much welcome what she is trying to find a way out, and voiced proposals to stabilise and resolve the situation. But there is still a long way: the entire world community is responsible for the cessation of violence in Syria.” However, according to him, to seek support for sending German soldiers to the conflict zone, it will be difficult: “So it is too early to speak about that, would the proposal to implement”.

While Stoltenberg believes that the reasons to exclude Turkey from NATO for military operation in Syria there, “the Invasion of Turkey in Northern Syria has been condemned by many members of NATO. Obviously, you can’t jeopardize the fight against ISIS. And not to aggravate the tense humanitarian situation. A few days ago in Istanbul I told the President. But now we are seeing a decrease in violence in the North of Syria and new attempts to find a political solution. Thus it is necessary to recognize that Turkey is an important ally. In the fight against ISIS, Turkey has made a significant contribution: it managed to physically destroy the so-called Caliphate. In addition, none of the allies would not have received as many Syrian refugees as Turkey — a total of 3.6 million, And no other NATO partner has not suffered so much from terrorist attacks as Turkey.”

The Secretary General noted that for the Alliance important values such as democracy, rule of law and human rights, but “unlike the European Union, NATO has no mechanisms to exert pressure on their members.”

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