NATO calls Syria and Russia to end attacks on Idlib
On Friday, Nato’s secretary-general called on Syria and Russia to stop the attack in Idlib and expressed that after a meeting of the alliance’s envoys, NATO remained in solidarity with Turkey.
Jens Stoltenberg told in a press briefing, “We call on Syria and Russian regimes to stop the assaults, to stop the random air assaults … we likewise call on Russia and Syria to respect international law completely.” He included, “We call on Russia and Syria to take part in U.N.-led efforts to ascertain a peaceful solution for the contention in Syria.” Reuters published.
NATO earlier stated that they would hold emergency discussions on Friday in the wake of the incident. The announcements come as the contention in the locale built, in which 33 Turkish soldiers died in an airstrike and accused Damascus.
The alliance said in a statement that, “The North Atlantic Council, which incorporates the representatives of all the 29 NATO allies, will meet on Friday 28 February following a request by Turkey to hold counsels under Article 4 of NATO’s establishing Washington Treaty on the position in Syria,” Arab News detailed.
Under Article 4, any NATO member can demand dialogue when they believe their “regional integrity, political freedom or security” is undermined.
Twelve more of Turkish soldiers got wounded in the airstrike in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, where President Bashar Assad is attempting to eradicate the last rebel stronghold.
The losses happen after weeks of rising tensions among Damascus allies Moscow and Ankara. Including 53 Turkish security officers who got killed in the province this month.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged limiting and denounced the “indiscriminate” airstrikes in a telephone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar later stated that the airstrikes occurred despite coordination with Russian authorities on the ground and that the assaults proceeded following a warning that was given after the initial strike.