Turkish Foreign Ministry threatens to respond to ‘slightest attack’ on NATO member
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu: NATO will respond to “even the slightest attack” on an alliance member Cavusoglu warned that NATO would respond to “even the slightest attack” on one of its members. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the alliance is entering into a “war through a proxy” with Russia over the supply of weapons to Kyiv
NATO does not plan to participate in a special operation in Ukraine, however in the event of an attack on a member of the organization, a response will follow, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, the Sabah newspaper reports.
“We will answer if there is even the slightest attack on any ally,” Cavusoglu said, emphasizing that “NATO's position is clear.”
The Turkish minister also said that in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine now “sometimes progress, sometimes regression.” According to him, there are people who are not interested in the end of hostilities, they “almost do not hide anymore.”
Thus, Cavusoglu commented on the supply of weapons to the Baltic countries. At the end of April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the supply of weapons by NATO countries to Ukraine. “If NATO, in fact, goes to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war,” — Lavrov said.
The minister called US arms supplies to Ukraine “an example of uncleanliness”, drawing attention to the previously announced transfer of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters to Kyiv. Lavrov stressed that Moscow handed over these equipment to Washington under a contract to resolve the situation in Afghanistan, their transfer to third parties, according to the document, is not allowed without the permission of the Russian side. “This is a direct violation of obligations in a very important area of international relations.” says the Foreign Minister.
In mid-March, Lavrov called any convoys with cargo on the territory of Ukraine, which Russia considers the supply of Western weapons, “a legitimate target.” “We are conducting an operation, the purpose of which — eliminate any threat against Russia that comes from the Ukrainian territory, — then the minister explained.
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In late April, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, accused the “special services of the NATO countries” in the management of military operations in Ukraine. She pointed to the criticism of the former commander of the Polish troops, General Waldemar Skrzypczak, against the head of the British government, Boris Johnson. According to the Polish general, the politician divulged a NATO military secret, namely, as Zakharova wrote, data “that British SAS instructors in the amount of 20 people are already training Ukrainian soldiers to use weapons from NATO in the Lvov region.”
< p> The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that representatives of the special services of Canada, the United States, Poland, Great Britain and other countries “have been herding neo-Nazi militants for a long time.” “And there are not dozens of them, but hundreds and thousands,” — Zakharova emphasized
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