Turkey seeks NATO intervention in Syria

Turkey is paving the way for possible action by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Syria, using the case of the recent downing of a Turkish military aircraft by artillery from Syrian air defense, as reflected in a report recently published by Voice of Russia.

According to that report, the Turkish government is using this opportunity to agitate for military intervention in Syria.

The report also has argued that western governments are preparing for an operation inside Syria, similar to that carried out in Libya, without waiting for a resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations Organization (UNSC) on military intervention in the Arab country.

On June 22, Syria said it had shot down a Turkish fighter jet, an F-4 Phantom, having flown over its territorial waters in the Mediterranean Sea, near the coastal province of Latakia, located in the western part of the Arab country.

In this sense, the Syrian Army said its action was "under the laws governing such situations," since according to the Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), each country has the right to shoot down a foreign aircraft that has violated its airspace.

As for the air incident, the Turkish president, Abdollah Gul, acknowledged that his country's military aircraft, downed over Syrian territorial waters, had violated the airspace of the neighboring country, but he claimed that it had been a question of an error and that the Syrians had shot down the plane.

For his part, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the Arab country on Tuesday that it should not commit any errors and emphasized that Ankara would take counter measures and retaliate after the fact.

These statements were made yesterday, June 26, while Turkey deployed a large number of tanks and military vehicles along its border with Syria.

Translated from the Spanish version by:

Lisa Karpova


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