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NATO secretary general says Russia should fight ISIL and not prolong war in Syria

  • NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg speaks at a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Stavanger, Norway, Monday Oct. 12, 2015.  The group of NATO nations are considering various issues, including climate change, the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine with sanction against Russia, and developments in the Middle East region. (Carina Johansen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

    NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg speaks at a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Stavanger, Norway, Monday Oct. 12, 2015. The group of NATO nations are considering various issues, including climate change, the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine with sanction against Russia, and developments in the Middle East region. (Carina Johansen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg attends a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Stavanger, Norway, Monday Oct. 12, 2015.  The group of NATO nations are considering various issues, including climate change, the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine with sanction against Russia, and developments in the Middle East region. (Carina Johansen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

    NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg attends a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Stavanger, Norway, Monday Oct. 12, 2015. The group of NATO nations are considering various issues, including climate change, the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine with sanction against Russia, and developments in the Middle East region. (Carina Johansen / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has accused Russia of prolonging the war in Syria by supporting President Bashar Assad and calls on Moscow to join the fight against Islamic State militants.

Stoltenberg says Russia's violation of Turkish and NATO airspace is unacceptable and that the alliance is worried about Russia's "substantial military build-up, its air strikes and its cruise missile attacks" in the Middle East.

Noting that many countries in the region and NATO allies are participating in the U.S.-led mission against the militants, he called on Moscow to "play a constructive role in the fight against ISIL." He adds that "supporting the Assad regime is not constructive ... (and) is only prolonging the war."

Stoltenberg spoke Monday at NATO's parliamentary assembly in the southwestern Norwegian port of Stavanger.