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We will help Turkey against Russia if needed, NATO Secretary

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg takes questions from journalists during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. NATO defense ministers meet Thursday to consider the implications of recent Russian military actions in Syria, as well as ongoing measures to retool NATO to meet contemporary security threats. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg takes questions from journalists during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. NATO defense ministers meet Thursday to consider the implications of recent Russian military actions in Syria, as well as ongoing measures to retool NATO to meet contemporary security threats. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Times Of turkey 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.

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.”

Stoltenberg also said that Russia’s continued support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is only serving to prolong the crisis there.

“Russia should play a constructive role in the fight against (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). To support the Assad regime is not constructive. This is only prolonging the war in Syria.”

He said there were no plans for the U.S.-led military alliance itself to send forces into Syria. “There are no plans for NATO as an alliance to go into Syria,” he said.

Russia, Assad’s main international backer, has sent its warplanes to strike anti-Assad opposition forces despite the United States and its allies urging Moscow to withdraw support from the Syrian leader and concentrate its firepower on ISIS militants.

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