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Turkey-NATO talks on downed jet

06-25-2012 23:39 BJT

Turkey has called a meeting of NATO’s governing body to discuss the shooting down of one of its planes by Syria. Syria meanwhile, has defended its actions, saying the plane ventured into Syrian airspace, and it took legitimate action to defend its territory.

Syrian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jihad Makdissi said, "If Turkey and NATO are discussing whether to take hostile action, they should know that Syrian land, air and waters are sacred to the Syrian army -- just as Turkish land and air are sacred to the Turkish army."

The foreign ministry spokesman went on to say Syria's air defences had reacted immediately to a Turkish jet flying at 100 meters altitude inside Syrian airspace. He described the incident as "a clear breach of Syrian sovereignty".

But Turkey has refuted the claim, saying the jet was flying in international airspace. Turkey also says no warning was given before the plane was shot down. Turkey is seeking to formulate its official response to the incident, at the NATO meeting on Tuesday. Turkey and Syria used to be on good terms - but that relationship went sour after the violence in Syria started last year.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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