NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has spoken publicly to confirm that the military alliance has plans laid out to defend Turkey if it were attacked by Syria.
The announcement comes as NATO ambassadors have agreed to support Turkey during an emergency meeting held after Syrian mortar shells were fired at a border town last week.
At an alliance defense ministers meeting in Brussels, the Secretary General told reporters “We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary”
Rasmussen went on to praise the Turkish government for showing restraint, also noting that he hoped the powers in both countries would avoid any further escalation towards a war.
“Obviously Turkey has a right to defend herself within international law…I would add to that that obviously Turkey can rely on NATO solidarity.”