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Turkey: Erdogan calls for stronger NATO presence in Black Sea01:08

Turkey: Erdogan calls for stronger NATO presence in Black Sea

Turkey, Istanbul
May 11, 2016 at 16:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed Turkish, Balkan and NATO military officials in Istanbul's Hilton Hotel, Wednesday.

Discussing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's recent visit to Turkey, Erdogan said: "I told him during his visit that you do not appear in the Black Sea and your absence turns the Black Sea into a Russian lake."

The Turkish president continued by calling for a greater NATO military presence in the Black Sea. "We should perform our duty as we are the countries with access to the Black Sea. We should take steps together as NATO countries not only on land but also on sea and other fields. If we do not take action, history will not forgive us," Erdogan said.

"We should also deepen our present collaboration in line with regional adaptation," he added.

Turkey: Erdogan calls for stronger NATO presence in Black Sea01:08
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed Turkish, Balkan and NATO military officials in Istanbul's Hilton Hotel, Wednesday.

Discussing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's recent visit to Turkey, Erdogan said: "I told him during his visit that you do not appear in the Black Sea and your absence turns the Black Sea into a Russian lake."

The Turkish president continued by calling for a greater NATO military presence in the Black Sea. "We should perform our duty as we are the countries with access to the Black Sea. We should take steps together as NATO countries not only on land but also on sea and other fields. If we do not take action, history will not forgive us," Erdogan said.

"We should also deepen our present collaboration in line with regional adaptation," he added.

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