‘Cannot have a compromise’: Turkey hints at invoking NATO defense provision in dispute with Syria

LONDON — Turkey could invoke the collective defense provision of the NATO treaty against Syrian Kurdish militias, a presidential adviser said amid a dispute over the American partnership with those fighters.

“We do not question the viability of Article 5; on the contrary, we expect it to be fulfilled,” Gulnur Aybet, a senior foreign policy adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said today at NATO Engages, an international town hall in advance of a main summit. “A NATO that is fit for purpose would acknowledge this existential threat to Turkey, and this would actually make NATO stronger.”

Those remarks underscored Erdogan’s commitment to
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