Jens Stoltenberg: Francisco Seco / AP
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused the air force of Syria and “supporting” the Russian space forces in indiscriminate attacks in the Syrian province of Idlib. This was stated by the representative of the head of the Alliance after a telephone conversation with Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, reports Deutsche Welle.
As noted, the Secretary General called on all parties to facilitate de-escalation and avoid the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. He also said that Damascus and Moscow should “stop the offensive, to respect international law”.
On his Twitter page, Stoltenberg also said that Ankara has initiated an emergency meeting of the NATO Council. It is based on article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty. Through it, the Contracting parties always consult each other if, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties will be threatened.
On the night of 28 February, the Turkish army attacked Syrian army positions in Idlib and destroyed a convoy of government troops. The attack was a response to the shelling of Turkish troops in the Jabal al-Zawiya, which killed 33 soldiers. Turkey has promised to retaliate to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the deaths of the soldiers.
The defense Ministry explained that the Turkish troops came under attack, because they were among advancing on positions of the Syrian army fighters.
UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres, appealed to the parties to the conflict in the Syrian province of Idlib, calling on all parties to an immediate ceasefire.
The Syrian army in the offensive launched in January-February took almost half Iglinskiy areas of de-escalation and had left behind the Turkish observation posts. This angered Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if by the end of February, Syrian troops did not withdraw behind the line of posts, the Turkish army will start a military operation.
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