A “Serious Threat”… / F-4
- NATO is to meet in emergency session after Syriashot down a Turkish plane – an act condemned by Turkeyas a “serious threat” to regional peace. In a letter to the UN Security Council, Turkeydescribed the incident as a “hostile act by the Syrian authorities against Turkey’s national security”. Turkey’s deputy prime minister said it “would not go unpunished”, but stressed it was not seeking military action. Damascusinsists the F-4 Phantom jet was shot down inside Syrian airspace. In the letter to the Security Council, Ankarasaid the shooting down of its F-4 reconnaissance plane was “a serious threat to peace and security in the region”. / F-4 /
*(Source of Photo: Turkish Air Force / F-4 / )
The North Atlantic Treaty Council Meets Today… / F-4 /
- The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO Allies, will meet on Tuesday 26 June, following a request by Turkey under article 4 of NATO‘s founding Washington Treaty.
- Under article 4 of the Treaty, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. / F-4 /
“Syria’s Reaction Was Defensive…” / F-4
- Jihad Makdissi, the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, said during a press conference on Monday that Syria’s reaction was “defensive … as the Turkish jet violated the Syrian sovereignty.” He also dismissed Turkey’s claims that the plane was shot down in international air space and not inside its own territory, as Damascus claims. A military expert told local media that the Turkish step had sinister intentions, raising speculations that the plane was on an espionage mission and that it had probably got information from the Syrian opposition that President Bashar al-Assad was spending the weekend at the presidential palace in the area. “It (the jet) wanted access to the area of the palace likely to deliver a specific message to the government,” he said.
- A Syrian analyst, Hamdi Abdullah, concurred that the jet was on an espionage mission. “Sending the plan was due to espionage reasons,” he said, stressing that the move also came to practice pressure on Syria. He quoted Turkish sources as claiming that the warplane was sent to spy on the Syrian Radar system in the Mediterranean area of Latakia. He also said the NATO meeting is called under the 4th charter, which is confined to discussing matters, not to determining a strike as the 5th charter. Turkey, having said it would not retaliate before the NATO meeting, has launched a volley of threats against Damascusand stressed that the issue won’t go unpunished. / F-4 /
Syrian Forces Have Fired At Another Turkish Jet… / F-4
- Syrian forces have fired at another jet looking for the wreckage of the first plane, Al-Arabiya reported on Monday.
- The attack ceased after a warning from the Turkish side, and the second plane was not brought down, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was cited as saying by The Telegraph.
- Syrian authorities have not commented on the story as of late Monday. / F-4 /