NATO ready to defend Turkey, send troops if needed: Stoltenberg

October 8, 2015 6:16 AM

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NATO ready to defend Turkey, send troops if needed: Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS NATO is ready to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally against threats on its southern flank, the head of the U.S.-led alliance said on Thursday after violations of Turkish airspace by Russia jets conducting air strikes in Syria.

"NATO is ready and able to defend all allies, including Turkey against any threats," Jens Stoltenberg told reporters before a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels that will be dominated by the Syria crisis.

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