Turkey is vetoing Nato’s co-operation with Austria, blocking the alliance’s partnership activities with 41 countries, the BBC understands. Turkey is in Nato, providing the most military muscle after the US, while Austria is not. But Austria co-operates closely with Nato, and has more than 400 troops serving in Kosovo.
Austria condemned the Turkish veto, calling it “irresponsible”. Turkey is angry with Austria for trying to block its bid to join the EU.
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 was affecting all the Western alliance’s partnership activities, which include several ex-Soviet states.