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Turkey defends Syria operation at NATO

BRUSSELS – Turkey has on Tuesday at the NATO military operation of the Turkish army in the Northern Syrian region of Afrin defended. Among others, the Netherlands, questioned the Turkish invasion. The Second Room had minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs called on explanation insist.

The Turkish ambassador to NATO emphasized according to diplomats that the country its right to self-defense, exercise and terrorist threats from the neighbouring country as the head wants to press.

The Turkish army struggles particularly against western countries supported Kurdish YPG militia, which, according to Ankara are affiliated to the terrorist organisation PKK. The battles would be dozens of deaths.

NATO ambassadors of several countries posed questions about the proportionality of the action. The consultation led according to those involved not to draw conclusions. The Turkish president Erdogan has said that the operation is continued.

The western military alliance has no procedures for a member state to impose penalties.

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