Nato hit by Turkish veto on Austria partnership


Turkey has vetoed Nato’s co-operation with Austria, a move which had blocked the alliance’s partnership activities with 41 countries. As a result, Nato members recently agreed to change its procedures, allowing partnerships to go ahead on a country-by-country basis.

Austria is not in Nato, but co-operates closely with it and has more than 400 troops serving in Kosovo. Turkey is angry with Austria for trying to block its bid to join the EU. It has the second-largest military in Nato, after the United States. Austria has condemned the Turkish action, calling it “irresponsible”.

A well-informed source told the BBC that heightened tensions between Turkey and Austria had essentially blocked Nato co-operation with the government in Vienna for the past year. The veto originally affected all the Western alliance’s partnership activities, which include several ex-Soviet states.

But a Nato official, who asked not to be named, later said that the 28 Nato nations had agreed on Monday to change the system to work around the diplomatic spat. “This will substantially reduce the risk of blockages to cooperation with partners across the board,” the official said…

Read more : BBC, 23.05.2017