NATO fully supports Turkey’s right to defend its airspace (UPDATE)

Türkiye Materials 30 November 2015 15:57 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 15:12)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 30


All Allies fully support Turkey's right to defend its territorial integrity and its airspace, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Nov. 30 referring to a recent downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkish Air Force.

Stoltenberg made the remarks during a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the NATO headquarters, according to a message posted on the Alliance's website.

"I welcome Turkey's efforts to establish contacts with Moscow and through its contacts with Russia, to de-escalate the situation," said Stoltenberg. "It is important to stay calm and to calm tensions."

"Last week's incident [downing of Su-24] shows how important it is to strengthen international mechanisms to build stability, transparency and predictability in our relationship with Russia," he noted.

"I urge Russia to play a constructive role in Syria by targeting ISIL, our common enemy," he added.

Relations between Russian and Turkey deteriorated after the Turkish Air Force downed a Russian Su-24 bomber Nov. 24.

Edited by SI