The reports that Ankara refused to allow the NATO ships to enter Turkish territorial waters, are fabricated and untrue, told the Hurriyet Daily News Turkish official, who asked to remain anonymous.
“We do not consider it necessary to respond to the messages, the source of which we do not know, and which obviously trumped-up and aimed at creating provocations. Work to support the activities of NATO goes as planned”, — said the interlocutor of the edition.
Earlier, the AFP news Agency reported that Turkey refused to allow the NATO ships access to Turkish territorial waters to carry out the mission against smugglers in the Aegean sea. The Agency reported this with reference to sources in diplomatic circles in Brussels. According to the Agency, a request Ankara for permission of access was sent by the leadership of the NATO mission.
Visit of the NATO ships in Turkish territorial waters necessary in connection with the decision of NATO to send warships in the Aegean sea, to help Turkey and Greece to combat the transportation of illegal migrants to Europe. About this decision the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg said following the meeting of Ministers of defence on 11 February.
The decision was made at the request of Turkey, Germany and Greece. “The Alliance does not focus on what to stop or send back boats with refugees. NATO wants to get information to help in the fight against human trafficking and smugglers,” said Stoltenberg the objectives of the group.
According to Stoltenberg, the NATO ships will work with the Greek and Turkish coast guard and units of the border Agency Frontex. Source Reuters the German government added that the NATO mission will also participate ship Denmark. With Greek and Turkish ships will remain in their territorial waters.