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    Turkey Committed Act of War By Shooting Russian Plane in Syria

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    Under international law, shooting down a Russian warplane in Syrian airspace is an act of war by Turkey, legal expert Alexander Mercouris told Sputnik.

    Shooting down Russia's Su-24M bomber jet while in Syrian airspace is an aggressive act that is being regarded an act of war under international law, legal expert Alexander Mercouris told Radio Sputnik on Tuesday.

    ​"If the aircraft was in Syrian airspace, then in international legal terms it is an act of war, because Turkey would have invaded Syrian airspace, and shot down an aircraft within Syria, that was operating with the consent of the Syrian government," Mercouris told Radio Sputnik.

    "That would be a most aggressive step," said Mercouris.

    Turkey's actions in summoning the Russian ambassador and initiating a NATO meeting, rather than getting in touch with Moscow, are part of the government's strategy to bolster its position, in the knowledge that the plane was shot down in Syrian airspace, not Turkish, as the Turkish authorities are claiming.

    "This is in effect the Turks diving for cover," said the legal expert.

    "It's a reflection of the pressure the Turkish government is coming under, because they are seeing their policy in Syria beginning to unravel."

    Though Turkey can expect ritual expressions of public support from NATO allies, concerns will be expressed behind the scenes about Turkey's increasingly aggressive stance.

    "There is already concern about Mr Erdogan, about his policies, in many countries, and I think this will reinforce them."


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      A321 in Egypt + SU-24 in Syria : the red line is definitely crossed.
    • avatar
      This war crime just provides more justification for Russia and Syria to seal that northern border. I think they may be the plan because NATO wants Takfiri fighters to fight to the last man and not retreat.
    • in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Well Some nations want to turn northern Syria into that :
      We have to wait for Putin's reaction....I guess everthing has been already planned.
    • avatar
      The West through their Frontman-Turkey and terrorists groups are in desperate mood and starting to directly attack Russia,it does not surprise me
    • n.petrossov
      Erdogan perceives himself as a world leader, he lost orientation long time ago. He doesn't see the big picture any more. After downing the Russian jet, Turkey can become a good tool to be used, to be manipulated by NATO (I mean puppet number 1).
    • avatar
      The misdemeanours of Turkey's follies of their relationship with Isil in Syria and Iraq are numbered will soon be exposed!
    • DR. EVIL
      Iskander M destroy all rafineries and Turkish planes should be proclaimed legitimate targets in Syria bring new BUK and pantsir and end the war
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      Cruise missile on turkish millitary base NOW , this was obviously a planned attack an attempt to see how far they can go without russia responding with force . If russia lts this slide without a response they better get readyvto have their aurbase in syria bombed
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