NATO and US urge Russia to scale back involvement in Syria

NATO and US urge Russia to scale back involvement in Syria

NATO is preparing to send troops to Turkey if needed, as Russia intensifies its attack on Syria.

NATO Defence Minister have met in Brussels overnight to discuss Russia’s recent intervention in Syria, including its violation of Turkish airspace earlier in the week.

Moscow has also confirmed it has fired cruise missiles from Russian warships in the Caspian Sea in to Syria, through Iran and Iraq’s airspace.

But Russia has denied reports that four Syria-bound Russian cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea crashed in Iran.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO is ready to defend Turkey and all of its allies against any threat.

He says NATO has deployed a small number of logistics personnel in Eastern and Central Europe.

“We are implementing the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War,” Mr Stoltenberg said.

“All of this sends a message to NATO citizens: NATO will defend you, NATO is on the ground, NATO is ready.”

The United States has also issued a warning to Russia over its actions, saying it will soon start paying the price.

“Russia has chosen to double-down on their longstanding relationship with Assad, committing additional military hardware capabilities and personnel,” he said following the meeting in Brussels.

“This will have consequences for Russia itself,” Carter said. “And I also expect that in coming days, the Russians will begin to suffer casualties in Syria.”

Image: Russian Ministry of Defence

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