NATO's first comments on downed Su-24

13:32, 24 November 2015
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NATO is monitoring the situation regarding the Russian warlane shot down over Turkish-Syrian border, according to Bloomberg.

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NATO “is monitoring the situation closely and we are in touch with the Turkish authorities,” the military alliance said in a statement in Brussels, Bloomberg reports.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu consulted with the country’s military chief Hulusi Akar as well as Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu after the warplane was shot down, the prime minister’s office said. Turkey would raise the issue with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the United Nations and “related countries,” Davutoglu’s office said.

Turkish military rules of engagement would apply to any plane that enters its airspace without permission and Russia should act carefully,  Davutoglu said in early October, after Russia said its jets mistakenly violated Turkish airspace at the time. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is scheduled to meet officials in Turkey on Nov. 25.

Read alsoTurkey warns Russian fighter jet 10 times about violating Turkish airspaceVideo footage broadcast by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency showed the jet bursting into flames and descending rapidly before crashing behind a mountain. Turkey has warned Russia against airstrikes that have targeted ethnic Turkmen rebels in the area.

Turkey shot down an unmanned drone on the Syrian border in October. The military also downed a Syrian MiG-23 warplane in March 2014 and a Syrian helicopter that entered Turkish airspace in September 2013.

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