Grushko: NATO understands that Turkey poses risks for the entire Alliance

Grushko: NATO understands that Turkey poses risks for the entire Alliance

MOSCOW, November 27. Turkey’s actions on the destruction of the Russian bomber su-24 pose a risk to the entire North Atlantic Alliance, in NATO understand it. This was stated by the permanent representative of Russia to NATO, Alexander Grushko, the radio station “Kommersant FM”.

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“I think, of course, NATO countries realize what a dangerous adventure pulls their Turkey this criminal action, because (Turkey) ally, which is associated with all members of the Alliance, with all 20, very serious commitments in the field of security, I would say, with every fiber, and in the military sphere and in the political, and the most important is the fifth article creates a risk the Alliance,” he said.

The diplomat stressed the seriousness of the situation, Recalling that the last case of attack by NATO aircraft on Russia and the USSR belongs to the early 1950-ies. “It is no accident in the statement of Stoltenberg talked about the need to show composure, and he also urged to resolve the situation on the line of capitals between Moscow and Ankara, he continued. That may reflect the fact that NATO, as an organization, wants from this incident to distance themselves”.

“A deliberate provocation”

Attack of Turkey to the Russian su-24 looks like a deliberate provocation, the purpose of it can be a blow to the antiterrorist coalition, said Grushko .

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“It looks like a deliberate provocation. If it looks like a deliberate provocation, as it can be condemned?, he said. – Secondly, it is obvious that the plane did not pose a threat to the security of Turkey. It is obvious to everyone. The problem today is that NATO countries, guided by its political solidarity, refuse to look at the situation objectively and to take in this case the position which they occupied when he violated the airspace of these countries.”

Russia’s permanent representative at the North Atlantic Alliance stated that the actions of the Turkish fighter aircraft in this case was contrary to not only international law but also the recommendations of the NATO. “Objectively the situation is clear to everyone is a crime, is a gross violation of international law, it contradicts not only the fundamental articles of the Charter of the UN and a large number of conventions, but even contradicts the recommendations of NATO,” he said.

Attack on Russian military aircraft

November 24, fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 shot down Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.

The crew of a military aircraft managed to eject, but one of the two pilots was killed by ground fire. The second pilot was rescued. In search of the pilots was attended by two helicopters Mi-8. One of the cars came under fire and made an emergency landing. One marine soldier was killed.

In the Russian defense Ministry said the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory, and that violations of its airspace was not.

Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for Russian-Turkish relations. According to the head of state, the Turkish air force attack on the Russian plane involved in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and posed a threat to Turkey, is a “stab in the back” of Russia.