Stoltenberg: NATO expects countries to respect international law

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commented on Turkey’s activities in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and NATO’s operations in the Aegean, in an interview with the Sunday edition of the Greek newspaper “Kathimerini”.

Above all, the head of the Alliance said when asked about Turkey’s actions in Cyprus’ EEZ, NATO expects countries to respect international law.

He said NATO patrols in the Aegean to deal with refugee and migrant flows will continue but noted that the presence of NATO ships was to created the conditions for the two sides to come closer for a joint management of the problem. “NATO does not have orders to stop the boats. Our orders are to bring Greece, Turkey and the EU closer,” he said.

He said the NATO allies were informed of Turkey’s operation in north Syria on Wednesday, shortly before it began.