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EU Unable to Help Create No-Fly Zone on Turkish-Syrian Border

© Photo : Wikipedia/Glenn FawcettSix batteries of NATO-backed missile defense systems have been set up in southeastern Turkey to protect against aerial attacks from war-torn Syria (File)
Six batteries of NATO-backed missile defense systems have been set up in southeastern Turkey to protect against aerial attacks from war-torn Syria (File) - Sputnik International
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A high ranking EU official said that European Union cannot participate in the creation of a no-fly zone on the Turkish-Syrian border that Ankara has been discussing.

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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) The European Union cannot participate in the creation of a no-fly zone on the Turkish-Syrian border that Ankara has been discussing, a high ranking EU official said Wednesday.

“This issue should most likely be discussed with NATO and EU member states that have the resources to participate in such an event. The EU can play a possible role only when a no-fly zone is created and then the EU can only provide humanitarian aid and help refugees,” the official, wishing to remain anonymous, told RIA Novosti.

He added that the creation of a no-fly zone “was not in the EU-Turkish action plan.”

Since 2011, Syria has been mired in a civil war with government forces fighting a number of militant groups and opposition factions.

On October 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed the establishment of a no-fly zone and a safe zone in Syria, and to increase the training of and the provision of equipment to the Free Syrian Army as a stopgap measure to stem the high number of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe.

Last month, US President Barack Obama said imposing a no-fly zone in Syria to improve the humanitarian situation in the region was counterproductive.

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