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Current Geopolitics / Special Report (5): NATO Condemns… As Turkey Is Changing Its Rules Of Military Engagement In Its Borders With Syria…


NAC Statement On The Shooting Down Of A Turkish Aircraft By Syria… / NATO

  • The North Atlantic Council has met at Turkey’s request to hold consultations within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty which states that “the Parties will consult whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any of the Parties is threatened.” / NATO /


NATO: Syria Is Disregarding International Norms…

  • The North Atlantic Council discussed the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft by Syria. We consider this act to be unacceptable and condemn it in the strongest terms. It is another example of the Syrian authorities’ disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life. / NATO /
*(Source Of Photos: NATO / Turkish Government /)


NATO Is Following The Situation Closely…

  • Our thoughts at this difficult time are with the missing Turkish aircrew, their families and their loved ones. We continue to follow the situation closely and with great concern, and will remain seized of developments on the South-Eastern border of NATO.
  • The security of the Alliance is indivisible. We stand together with Turkey in the spirit of strong solidarity. / NATO /


Turkey Has Changed Rules Of Engagement… / NATO 

  • Turkey says its military rules of engagement have changed after Syria shot down a Turkish plane that strayed into its territory.
  • PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that if Syrian troops approached Turkey’s borders, they would be seen as a military threat. / NATO


Erdogan’s Warning…  / NATO

  • “A short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack,” he said. The Turkish jet was on a training flight, testing Turkey’s radars in the eastern Mediterranean, he said.
  • He made it clear that Turkey was adopting a “common sense” attitude, although that “shouldn’t be perceived as a weakness”.
  • “Every military element approaching Turkey from the Syrian border and representing a security risk and danger will be assessed as a military threat and will be treated as a military target,” he said. / NATO /

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