NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg describes security situation as "deeply challenging" with most foreign troops already out of the country where insurgents are pushing forward with their sweeping assault.
US President Joe Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had undermined the importance of the alliance in his four-year term, with frequent insults about the relevance of multilateral organisations such as NATO.
Jens Stoltenberg said European flanks are defended by non-EU countries, the US, Canada, and the UK in the north and Turkey in the south.
Turkish President Erdogan says the course of exploratory talks would depend on the sincere steps to be taken by Greece in an effort to ease the tension.
Greece says high-level talks between aides to Turkish President Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis raise the possibility of direct engagement between the leaders over the eastern Mediterranean maritime zone conflict.
Ankara is ready for dialogue with Athens without preconditions in order to find lasting, fair and equitable solutions, Turkish foreign ministry says.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg discussed Covid-19 developments, situation in Syria and Libya.
Stoltenberg stressed that no other NATO ally is hosting so many Syrian refugees and no other ally has suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey.
European Council President Donald Tusk tells US President Donald Trump to stop berating NATO allies over military investment levels, on the eve of an alliance summit.
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