Russia warns Turkey, NATO against military action: Syrian army on second highest alert after downing of aircraft.
Posted on June 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM EST
By Aaron Klein
TEL AVIV — Russia has sent a backdoor warning to Turkey and NATO that Moscow will not tolerate any military action against Syria in response to the downing of a Turkish aircraft on Friday, according to a Syrian government source.
The source told KleinOnline the Syrian military is on its second highest alert as Turkey announced yesterday it will discuss the downing of one of its military jets by Syria with NATO officials at a special meeting on Tuesday.
As a NATO member, Turkey could ask the international alliance to respond against Syria.
Turkeyâ€™s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said in a Twitter message today he would invoke Article 4 of the NATO treaty, which calls for consultations when a fellow member is attacked.
Davutoglu said on state television that the downed plane had been clearly marked as Turkish.Â He said he didnâ€™t believe Syria’s earlier statement it had not known the plane, which was shot over international waters,Â belonged to Turkey.
He further declared that Ankara would react “decisively” in its response to the shooting of the plane.
“Our perspective is that of peaceâ€¦but nobody can throw Turkey’s international security into risk or test Turkey’s capacity,” Davutoglu said, adding that while Turkey’s response will be “in line with international law,” it would be “decisive.”