Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Syria’s shooting down a Turkish plane and said the U.S. will consult with NATO and other international groups on next steps.
Clinton said in a statement today that she had spoken with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday. “The Foreign Minister briefed me on the specifics of the incident, including that the Syrian military shot its plane down without warning,” Clinton said. “The United States condemns this brazen and unacceptable act in the strongest possible terms.”
Turkey announced today that the jet, which was downed June 22, was over international waters at the time. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad claims that the plane had entered Syrian airspace.
As a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Turkey is entitled to call on Article 5 of the group’s charter, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all and requires a joint response.
For now, Turkey has invoked Article 4, which requires consultations among the group. NATO announced today that ambassadors of all 28 NATO members will meet June 26 in response to Turkey’s request.
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