NATO Allies ‘Fully Support’ Turkey's Right to Protect Territory, Airspace

© AP Photo / Selcan HacaogluA Turkish F-16 prepares to taxi while another one takes off at 3rd Main Jet Air Base
A Turkish F-16 prepares to taxi while another one takes off at 3rd Main Jet Air Base - Sputnik International
According to Jens Stoltenberg, NATO supports Turkey’s right to defend its territory and airspace.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) fully supports Turkey’s right to protect its territorial integrity and airspace," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

"All allies fully support Turkey’s right to defend its territorial integrity and its airspace," Stoltenberg said at a joint conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

NATO headquarters in Brussels - Sputnik International
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On November 24, a Russian Su-24 bomber was downed by an air-to-air missile while carrying out precision strikes against terrorists in northern Syria. The missile was fired by a Turkish F-16 fighter in response to alleged violation of the Turkish airspace by the Russian jet.

Following the incident, NATO expressed solidarity with Turkey and offered support for Ankara saying that the Alliance's assessments of the incident were consistent with information provided by the country, which claimed that the Russian warplane had briefly violated Turkish airspace.

The Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace, and was downed on Syrian territory.

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