NATO says will help Turkey against Russia if needed

by Reuters
Monday, 12 October 2015 13:11 GMT

(Corrects headline and text to show Stoltenberg's answer was in answer to a question about Russia, not bombing in Ankara)

STAVANGER, Norway, Oct 12 (Reuters) - NATO will help member country Turkey if needed, the alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, days after Russian jets bombing Syria violated Turkish airspace.

Asked whether NATO would be prepared to defend ally Turkey against Russia, Stoltenberg said: "Turkey is a strong ally and they have the second-largest army," he told Reuters.

"They have a capable air force, so the Turkish armed forces are the first responders, but NATO is there to help and assist them if they need." (Reporting by Stine Jacobsen; Writing by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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