Turkey May Seek NATO Backup as Syria Violates Border, Sabah Says

Turkey may call on fellow NATO members to reinforce its border with Syria if violations persist and the United Nations Security Council fails to take action, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to Sabah.

Shots were fired across the Turkish border in the past week at refugees who were attempting to escape from Syria. NATO’s statutes treat an attack on one member as an attack on the whole alliance, requiring a collective response. Turkey may invoke those rights if there’s no improvement in the situation, Erdogan told reporters during a visit to China, Sabah said.

Turkey pressed China to reverse its stance on Syria at the Security Council, where it twice vetoed calls for the departure of President Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan said, according to Sabah. Turkey will step up talks with Russia, which also blocked the measures, and the prime minister will travel to Saudi Arabia today to discuss developments, the newspaper reported.

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