NATO Secretary General expresses solidarity with Turkey following Russian air space violation

  • 05 Oct. 2015 -
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  • Press Release (2015) 135
  • Issued on 05 Oct. 2015
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  • Last updated: 05 Oct. 2015 14:19

I just met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Feridun Sinirlioğlu to discuss the recent military actions of the Russian Federation in and around Syria. Including the unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace by Russian combat aircraft.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Feridun Sinirlioglu

I made clear that NATO remains strongly committed to Turkey’s security. I will convene a meeting of the North Atlantic Council later today to discuss the situation.

Russia’s actions are not contributing to the security and stability of the region. 

I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace and to avoid escalating tensions with the Alliance.  I urge Russia to take the necessary steps to align its efforts with those of the international community in the fight against ISIL.