The German-Turkish proposal has apparently caught the Alliance on the back foot, says the outlet.
It cites as an example a remark made by an anonymous official at its headquarters in Brussels:
“We wonder what the outline is, and why NATO?” he apparently asked. “It isn’t really NATO’s job.”
The voiced proposal came ahead of a meeting of NATO defense ministers on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I expect that the Turkish minister will provide us with more details when we meet tomorrow and that the ministers will address this issue,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of the meeting. “I think we will take very seriously a request from Turkey and all our allies to look at what NATO can do to cope and deal with the crisis and all the challenges they face, or at least in Turkey.”
The US ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute, was also not very welcoming of the idea, noting that that responding to the refugee crisis is primarily the EU’s job, rather than Washington or NATO’s.