NATO keeps watch on airspace of Turkey

ANKARA, Mar. 14 (MNA) – The Organization of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) began surveillance in the airspace of Turkey, a measure taken following the continuation of the armed conflict in Syria, today announced the Turkish General Staff.

"In line with the Syrian crisis, with the latest developments in the region and with the agreed measures for Turkish security, NATO aircraft began surveillance missions in airspace," said a statement.

According to the text, it is expected that such operations are repeated periodically in the coming months.

NATO decided in December to strengthen its presence at the border with Syria, arguing to help ensure their safety.

In addition to aerial surveillance AWACS aircraft, the military-political alliance also sent ships to the Aegean Sea with the declared help curb the flow of migrants to Europe, an unprecedented mission in an organization dedicated to military tasks historically intention.

However, some analysts look with suspicion deployment near Syria, being an organization involved in armed conflicts of recent times.

One case was the military intervention in Libya carried out by NATO in 2011, which brought down the president of that nation, Muammar Gaddafi.

A few days ago, the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced that it reached an agreement with Ankara to also intensify the work of monitoring the border of Turkey and Syria.





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