UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday defended his stance on Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria, saying NATO should not lose its unity in fighting ISIS.
A split in the alliance emerged after its member Turkey launched its offensive in Syria last week, prompting governments of EU member states to threaten sanctions against Ankara. Stoltenberg visited Ankara on Friday.
“We must not risk the gains we have made against our common enemy,” Stoltenberg told a session of the Alliance’s parliamentary assembly in London in response to questions from France and Italy. “Turkey is important for NATO … We are in danger of undermining the unity we need in Turkey.”
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