"Turkey is trying to convert its conflict with Russia into the NATO-Russia conflict, but I think that the alliance understands this and will not yield," Amin Shalabi said.
According to Shalabi, the incident looks more like a provocative move staged by the Turkish side.
"The incident is strange, since the aircraft crashed on the territory of Syria. It means that if it entered the airspace of Turkey, then just for several seconds, which definitely did not require such a response," Shalabi noted.
He also noted that the plane crash coincided with the time when the international community had reached compromise on the coordination of anti-IS fight in both Syria and Iraq.
Immediately after the incident, Turkey held an emergency meeting of NATO's decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council (NAC), on Tuesday.
The Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 had never crossed into Turkish airspace and had been downed on Syrian territory.
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