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    Turkish artillery fire from the border near Kilis toward northern Syria, in Kilis, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

    NATO Refuses to Comment on Turkey YPG Shelling, Denies Involvement in Syria

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    NATO is not willing to give any assessments of Turkey's shelling of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, as the military bloc itself is not involved in Syria, a NATO official told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — On Tuesday, UN Security Council President Rafael Ramirez stated that the council has held a meeting at Russia's request to address Turkey's artillery fire attacks on positions inside Syria.

    "NATO is not involved in Syria, so please refer to the Turkish authorities," the official said.

    On Saturday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish forces shelled Kurdish YPG positions in northern Syria as a retaliatory measure within the rules of engagement. Similar artillery attacks have continued since.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Senam Mohamed, co-chair of the People's Council of Western Kurdistan — the governing body of the autonomous region — said the international community and the UN Security Council should exert pressure on Turkey to stop its military offensive against Kurds in northern Syria.

    UN Security Council Resolution 2254, passed in December 2015, reaffirms the goals of previous agreements to end the bombardment of civilians in Syria, bring Syria’s political groups to the negotiating table and promote a lasting political resolution of the crisis.


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      Nato terrorists.
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      "NATO is not willing to give any assessments of Turkey's shelling of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, as the military bloc itself is not involved in Syria..." ???

      What will happen if Syria start shelling Turkey or even start a War against the Turkey backstabber, rogue member of the NATO gang? Are they going to say the they are not involved in Syria?
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      "NATO is not involved in Syria, so please refer to the Turkish authorities," the official said.
      The response completely ignores that Turkey is a member of NATO. If Turkey is attacked, NATO will come running. If Turkey attacks Syria, NATO is accountable.
    • Huh?in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      You are right...they are talking around the issue. A NATO country is involved, but not NATO. It certainly appears that lying and lunacy go hand in hand. What NATO fails to say is that; by saying nothing, they condone all the actions of Ankara and quietly support the effort.
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      ok, now I am confused :) turkey is part of nato. turkey is shelling syrian territory. The logic goes that then nato IS a part of the state of war. This should be regardless of the articles invoked? What type of treaty is it that allows the members to choose what is a threat and what isn't? Especially where an action of a member country endangers the whole. hmm
    • Baybarsin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, NATO is not a monolithic entity. There are dissenting voices among the chiefs. I give you this SPUTNIK article as example:
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      michaelin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
      Baybars, thanks for the link! I must have missed that one. I hope that Kujat is not the only one and that they can make their views known and enforced upon the hotheads as it were.
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      I think what NATO is saying is Turkey is on her own in Syria. NATO will not consider consequences of response from Syria a problem for them. Article 5 does not cover Turkey in this case but if Russia should attack Turkey NATO will be involved since Turkey has not attacked Russia but I think if Russia and Syria has an arrangement that stipulates an attack on Syria is an attack on Russia, then Turkey would have a big problem.
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