NATO's top official in Ankara for official talks

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2018

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. "It has shown them that the worldwide public did not watch what happened there silently", Stoltenberg said, adding that he also welcomes Turkey's support for the operation.

"We will never have a total guarantee against new attacks as long as we have regimes which are willing to use chemical weapons", he said.

On April 14, Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the USA and its allies fired more than 100 missiles at Syria and three main chemical weapons facilities were targeted by missiles from both the sea and aircraft, which triggered Syrian air defenses.

Stoltenberg arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara on April 16 for official talks in the wake of the US -led airstrikes in Syria. "What matters for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is whether it will be integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air defense system", Stoltenberg said. No further details were given about the gathering.

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

Earlier on Saturday, the US, United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in the country.

On April 7, more than 40 civilians were killed in a suspected chemical attack in Douma outside Damascus.

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