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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation backs Turkey's 'transparency' on Syria operation

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation backs Turkey's 'transparency' on Syria operation”

Speaking to Turkish broadcaster NTV, Stoltenberg accused Russian Federation of preventing the United Nations' efforts to carry out an independent investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation welcomes Turkey's "transparency" in its ongoing counter-terrorist Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria, the alliance's chief said on Monday.

He stressed that the operation aimed to "reduce the capacity of the use of chemical weapons".

"There were efforts for an independent investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria but Russian Federation prevented it", Stoltenberg said.

NATO's top official arrived in the capital Ankara on Monday for official talks in the wake of the US -led airstrikes targeting the Assad regime in Syria.

"That's a national decision for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country".

"[Foreign] Minister Cavusoglu briefed me on Operation Olive Branch, and I am grateful for Turkey's continued transparency on this", Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in the capital Ankara, according to Anadolu Agency.

Stoltenberg said the strikes by the United States, France and Britain were a "clear message" to the head of the regime, Bashar Assad, to Russian Federation and Iran that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable and that the allies would not stand by and watch.

"Greece and Turkey are two highly valued North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies" and "both contribute to our collective defense", he said adding that the recent tension is "not an issue for NATO".

The NATO chief is in Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials.



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