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.[Read More]
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.
A case of NATO having an attack of diarrhoeu ?
With occasional, fatigued glances at life's rear-view mirror from the other side of time.