U.S. ambassador: Downing Turkish plane by Syria without warning is unacceptable
U.S. Ambassador in Ankara Francis Ricciardone said that the important thing was that the Turkish plane was downed by Syria without making any warning which was unacceptable, Anadolu Agency reported.
During U.S. Independence Day reception in Ankara on Wednesday, Ricciardone told reporters that they felt sorry about the death of two pilots of the plane.
When recalled the different statements about where the plane had been downed, Ricciardone said that the important thing was that the plane had been downed without any warning.
We are in solidarity with Turkey. Other details are not important for us, added Ricciardone. He also said that Turkish government was exerting great efforts to solve the incident.
The Turkish RF4 military reconnaissance plane was shot down by Syria on June 22 while on an unarmed training and test mission in international airspace after unintentionally strayed into Syrian airspace.The incident has drawn widespread international condemnation amid the continuing violence in Syria.
Turkey has said the Syrian act constituted "a clear and a grave violation of international law" and that Ankara would take "every necessary measure."
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said rules of military engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces had been revised in the face of the incident, adding, "any Syrian military element approaching the Turkish border from Syria will be considered as a military threat and dealt with accordingly."