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NATO moves to bolster Turkey's security

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By Euronews
NATO moves to bolster Turkey's security

<p><span class="caps">NATO</span> wants to increase security on Turkey’s border with Syria after a meeting of foreign and defence ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.</p> <p>It comes one week after Turkish forces shot down a Russian bomber over an alleged airspace violation.</p> <p>“We must make full use of the capabilities we have to counter threats on <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s southern flank,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.</p> <p>The United States and Germany recently announced they would withdraw Patriot missiles and military personnel deployed on Turkish soil.</p> <p>Ministers from the 28-nation alliance have now made fresh pledges of ships, aircraft and other hardware.</p> <p>“We will work on further measures to assure Turkey’s security and we will enhance our support for partners to increase their ability to defend themselves,” said <span class="caps">NATO</span> Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.</p> <p>Diplomats say they remain seriously concerned about Russia, arguing that Moscow’s air strikes in Syria are helping strengthen the hand of President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>The Russian government denies this, saying <span class="caps">ISIL</span> positions are the real targets. </p> <p>“We are now adressing how we can develop, strengthen our deterrence and continue to adapt our military capabilities to a more assertive Russia and to Russia which has deployed modern, advanced military capabilities,” added Stoltenberg.</p> <p>euronews correspondent Andrei Beketov reports that <span class="caps">NATO</span> officials are briefing that Russia is no longer considered as part to the alliance after its annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Donbass, Ukraine.</p> <p>Nevertheless, with Russia wielding such influence in Syria, <span class="caps">NATO</span> will have to decide how to get along with such a large and powerful neighbour, our correspondent adds.</p>