New NATO leader says alliance would defend Turkey if it was attacked

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Posted: Oct 01, 2014 10:24 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO must be very clear that it would come to Turkey's aid if Turkey was attacked, the alliance's new Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

"Our responsibility, the basic responsibility, is to stand up and be very clear that we are going to protect Turkey, that collective defense, Article 5, is something which is also going to be applied if Turkey is in any way attacked," he told his first press conference at NATO's headquarters. Article 5 is NATO's key mutual self-defence clause.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Jan Strupczewski)