NATO is concerned about the Russian air strikes, cruise missiles attacks and invasion of the Russian warplanes into Turkish air space, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today before a meeting of defense ministers of the alliance, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to BBC.
“We have seen air strikes, use of cruise missiles, the invasion into Turkish airspace. We express our concern and remain in close contact with the Turkish government, “- said the Secretary General.
He also said that “NATO is ready to defend all allies.”
It ahould be recalled that Russia has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 30, 2015. After first strikes Syrian opposition stated that Russians bomb not ISIS-controlled areas but opposition’ facilities, residential areas and even the hospital. U.S. and allies accused Russia on targeting not just ISIS but other groups opposed to Bashar Assad’s regime.
Later Turkish Foreign Ministry published a joint declaration, in which seven countries – Turkey, the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – called on Russia to cease to bomb Syria.
Later on October 5, the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that Russian military aircraft violated the airspace of the country. The incident happened on October 3 in the Yayladagi region of Turkey’s southern Hatay province. The Russian jet was intercepted by two fighters F-16S from the Turkish air force, which were conducting patrols in the region. Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador in Turkey to protest the violation.
Later that day NATO called an emergency meeting of ambassadors of 28 member states in Brussels. The allies denounced Russia for violating Turkish air space along the Syrian border.
Still Russia continued to escalate military operations in Syria. Thus on October 7 the Syrian Armed Forces and allied militia carried out joint ground operation against rebel positions in Syria backed by Russian air strikes.