The Secretary-General of Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, maintained Nato’s traditional equal distances policy in Turkish-Greek disputes as regards the imprisonment of two Greek army officers in a Turkish jail.

In an interview with Turkey’s state run Anadolu Agency wire service, Stoltenberg is quoted as saying, “This is an issue that must be aresolved between Greece and Turkey.”

Stoltenberg extols Turkey’s role

“Turkey wants to contribute to our collective security, missions and operations in many ways. The country’s concerns about its security are legitimate. We are grateful for Turkey’s support for Nato,” Stoltenberg said, noting that Ankara has faced instability due to sustained threats from Iraq and Syria.