NATO left Ankara alone in its fight against terrorism, Turkish minister says

Hulusi Akar

NATO allies failed to reach an agreement at a summit in London this week, and Ankara was left alone in its fight against terrorism, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Friday, according to Reuters.

Turkey had threatened to block a NATO agreement for the defense of Poland and the Baltic states unless the alliance agreed to designate Syrian Kurdish fighters Ankara targeted in an October military offensive as terrorists. Turkey eventually agreed to back the Baltic plan.

“It is illogical for some circles to try to portray steps we are taking for our national security as a disregard for NATO,” broadcaster NTV quoted Akar as saying. “In the end, there was no agreement reached. We were left alone in the fight against terror.”

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  1. When Turkey talks about national security, it means the right to do what it wants in Syria and Iraq. But if Bashar Assad or Ilham Ehmed demanded that Turkey had to withdraw its jihadists not only from Syria but also 30 km from the border on turkey side in the interests of Syria’s national security, why should this be less important?