NATO seen backing Turkey over jet downed by Syria

By REUTERS
June 26, 2012 13:49

 
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BRUSSELS - NATO allies will express political support for Turkey on Tuesday at an emergency meeting to discuss the shooting down of a Turkish military jet by Syria last week, but will likely stop short of assessing prospects for military involvement.

Ankara requested a meeting of NATO's North Atlantic Council to discuss the incident, which it has branded an "act of aggression". Damascus said it shot the aircraft down in self-defense after it strayed into Syrian airspace.

The meeting is only the second time in NATO's 63-year history that member countries have convened under Article 4 of its charter, which provides for consultations when a member state feels its territorial integrity, political independence or security is under threat.

"We may get a statement of solidarity with Turkey," a NATO official said.

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