North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had to apologise to Turkey

Lester Mason
November 19, 2017

Turkey withdrew all 40 of its participating troops in response.

Erdogan said he had been informed about the offensive incident by two Turkish officials and acted immediately.

"There was an incident in Norway".

The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, said that some testimonies indict the USA military and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, for supporting the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. "We chose to withdraw those troops and they started the necessary process".

Stoltenberg said in the statement that the incident which happened during a recently concluded exercise at NATO's Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger was "the result of an individual's actions and did not reflect the NATO's views". "I apologize for the offense that has been caused". The Secretary General said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing, and added that the person responsible for the offence had been "removed from the exercise". "NATO has been in contact with the Norwegian authorities on this issue".

"Turkey's alliance with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should not be undermined", Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar said on Saturday at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada.

Despite Turkey's military and strategic importance, given its borders with Syria, Iraq, and Iran, relations with Western nations have been under stress over the past few years. Chief among the disagreements is the U.S.'s backing of Kurdish fighters, who have been key to the American strategy in fighting ISIS.

Turkey's candidacy for membership of the European Union has also effectively stalled, and the union was critical of President Erdogan's crackdown on academia and the judiciary following an attempted military coup a year ago.

While the West has voiced concern about Turkey's authoritarian drift under Erdogan, the Turkish president has drawn closer to Russia and has announced plans to acquire a sophisticated Russian air defense system.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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