NATO, US vow support for Turkey, Russia calls for restraint.

By bne IntelliNews October 4, 2012
NATO met yesterday within the framework of the article 4 of the Washington Treaty to discuss the shelling of a Turkish town by Syrian forces. NATO strongly condemned the most recent incident and said it constituted a cause of great concern. NATO continues to stand by Turkey and demands the immediate cessation of such aggressive acts against a NATO member, the Alliance said in a statement. The White House also expressed its support for Turkey and said that US was standing with its Turkish ally. A senior US defence official commented that the cross-border attacks between Turkey and Syria cause some degree of concern but at this point there is nothing to suggest it is going to become a broader conflict. The latest shelling of a Turkish town and Turkeys retaliation look like a small-scale border skirmish, the official said. Meanwhile, Russia, a close ally of Syria, called for restrain between Turkey and Syria but warned that NATO and other powers should not intervene in the civil war in Syria. Reuters quoted Russias deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilow as saying that Russia is calling on NATO not to seek pretexts for carrying out a military scenario.

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