NATO to Hold Meeting After Turkey downs Russian jet

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Brussels: NATO allies will hold an “extraordinary” meeting on Tuesday at Ankara’s request to discuss Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said. “At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting.

The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for Turkey to inform Allies about the downing of a Russian airplane,” the official said. The North Atlantic Council consists of ambassadors from the 28 NATO member states.

Russia today said that the military plane Turkey shot down at the Syrian border was a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet, adding that the jet did not enter Turkish space.

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“Presumably as a result of firing, an Su-24 plane of the Russian forces crashed in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Russian news agencies quoted the defence ministry as saying.