NATO emergency meeting following downing of Russian warplane

Nov 24, 2015 9:13 AM by Cheryl Wengren

BEIRUT (AP) - NATO will hold an emergency meeting after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border that Ankara said had violated its airspace.

An official says today's meeting will be held at Turkey's request. The council, composed of ambassadors from the United States and NATO's 27 other member countries, will convene at 5 p.m. (1500 GMT)

The official says "the aim of this extraordinary NAC meeting is for Turkey to inform allies about the downing of a Russian airplane."

On Oct. 5, following two earlier Russian violations of Turkish airspace reported by Turkey, the NAC accused Russia of "irresponsible behavior," and sternly warned Moscow it was courting "extreme danger" by sending its warplanes into the skies of an alliance member country.


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