Things in the NATO alliance are heating up in a very bad way. Greece has VETOED a joint statement by NATO in support of Turkey, operating (illegally) inside Syria.
Turkey requested a high-level NATO meeting to invoke Article 4 of the NATO Treaty, claiming attacks by Russia and the Syrian Arab Army against Turkish troops IN SYRIA, jeopardized Turkey's sovereignty and rights.
The attack by Russia late Thursday, killed 33 Turkish troops and injured dozens more. The Russian attack came after Turkish troops began intentionally targeting Syrian Arab Army troops outside of Idlib, Syria, and escalated when those same Turkish army troops began firing MANPAD shoulder-carried anti-aircraft missiles at Russian fighter jets. The Russians protected themselves by ferociously smashing Turk troops and equipment.
In response to the Russian attack, Turkey began firing short range ballistic missiles at the Russian military base in Latakia, Syria. Those missiles were intercepted and destroyed by Russian air defenses.
Turkey then opened its borders with Europe, and told the four to five million Syrian refugees inside Turkey they had 72 hours to leave. Tens-of-thousands packed up and headed toward the borders of Europe.
This prompted Greece and Bulgaria to deploy thousands of troops to their borders, to prevent the onslaught of millions of refugees swarming-in to their countries.
Turkey then tried to invoke Article 4 of the NATO Treaty, asking NATO for help because the attack upon its troops in Syria (somehow) "jeopardizes Turkey's sovereignty and rights."
NATO convened a high level meeting on Friday, to discuss the Turkish request, but that meeting ended badly for Turkey -- and for NATO.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias ordered their Permanent Representation to the Alliance to VETO Turkey's request for a Joint Statement opposing the attacks and showing support for Turkey.
Heavy discussions then turned to heated arguments.
Greece wanted the joint statement to also include mention of respect for the borders of other countries, but Turkey did not want that included.
The Greek demand met with strong resistance from a number of countries, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, but also the United States and France. It is recalled that Turkey had requested, through Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the activation of the political consultation process provided for in Article 4 of the NATO Treaty.
The initial Permanent Representative meeting on Friday morning ended without a joint statement, but the situation changed later that afternoon. At the same time, Turkey asked for assistance in air defense, intelligence, etc., but these issues did not seem to have the Allies' consent - at least at this stage.
So Turkey achieved nothing with its effort to get NATO involved. The turks departed the meeting and resumed heavy attacks against the Syrian Arab Army inside Syria.
Hal Turner Remark: This is literally the stuff that World War 3 is made of. The world is in VERY DANGEROUS territory with this series of events. War could be declared at any moment by Turkey and if it is, what commences inside Syria can escalate to a regional, then world war, as fast as lightning.