Feb 17 2018

Turkey must consider NATO’s interests - Merkel

Turkey must make sure that it avoids damaging the NATO alliance during its Afrin operations, the German chancellor was quoted by left-wing newspaper BirGün as saying.

“Turkey has the right to ensure its own security, but it must consider the interests of NATO too,” Angela Merkel said following a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, advising that Turkey better co-operate its actions with the alliance.

After photographs emerged showing German Leopard 2 tanks being used in Turkey’s Afrin operation, reactions from the German public had led Merkel to announce a moratorium on tank sales to Turkey, BirGün said.