NATO resolves Austrian-Turkish cooperation dispute

  • Roksolana Dryndak
  • 30.5.2017 10:29

On 22 May, NATO representatives successfully negotiated a new form of cooperation with non-member countries on an individual basis rather than on collective basis, effectively solving the Austrian-Turkish dispute over cooperation.

The Austrian-Turkish diplomatic quarrel culminated after Austria asked the EU authorities to end accession talks with Turkey and Ankara, who has the second largest army in NATO, responded by vetoing cooperation between the Aliance and non-member Austria. However, by doing so, talks with all other non-member countries have been paralysed as well. The introduction of a new way of cooperation should restore cooperation with 41 states, which would reduce the possibility of the NATO Partnership Program being blocked. The agreement de facto means limiting the cooperation of the Alliance with Austria until the dispute with Ankara is resolved. The Alliance representatives said on account of the deal that it is not the end of the cooperation with Vienna, Austria is a long-term partner for NATO, as well as one of the largest contributors to the KFOR operation in Kosovo, where Austria sent 400 soldiers, but the continuation of this involvement is now uncertain.

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