“NATO is not obliged, in view of the recent tensions between Russia and Turkey, to become involved in the escalation of the conflict with Russia, - said the diplomat in an interview with Der Spiegel. - The NATO Charter obliges states to stand up for an ally only if it is directly and unequivocally attacked. ”
At the same time, Asselborn specified that he expressed the “joint opinion of the members of the North Atlantic Alliance”.
“To prevent the escalation of the conflict, the NATO partners made the Turkish government understand that it could not count on the Alliance’s assistance if the Turkish attacks (on Syria) lead to a clash with Russia,” the minister commented on the magazine