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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after meeting defence ministers on Thursday that no calls had been made to send NATO troops to northern Syria to try to ease tensions there.

    "There has been no specific call for NATO troops in northeast Syria. There has been a call for a strong international political engagement … and the German defence minister presented her proposals," Stoltenberg said.

    He added that the North Atlantic Organization favoured international engagement in northern Syria in support of a political solution and strongly supported UN efforts to that effect.

    Earlier this week, German defence chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that she wanted to discuss with NATO allies her proposal to create an internationally controlled security zone in Syria’s north.

    Jens Stoltenberg, Russia, Turkey, Syria, NATO
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