EURASIA > Russia says Syria downing of Turkey jet not a 'provocation'

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Russia said today its regional ally Syria's downing of a Turkish jet last week should not be viewed as a provocation or an intentional move.

"We believe it is important that the incident is not viewed as a provocation or an intentional action, and that it does not lead to destabilising the situation," the foreign ministry said in its first comment on Friday's incident.


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Foreign View

6/27/2012 6:32:33 AM

Sam Stevens Syria has violated Turkish airspace 5 times last month and Turks never shot anyone, on top of that Turkey did not order her troops to violate Syrian airspace, with the speed that they are traveling, accidentally violating their airspace is a natural occurrence, please do some research before pointing fingers, it will make you look less fanatic.

Basil Keilani

6/27/2012 5:41:40 AM

The Syrians downed a Turkish plane that was in international space. The Syrians knew the plane had already left Syrian airspace to go back towards Turkish airspace. It didn't issue a warning. It was a hostile act. It also fired on the rescue plane. I would have deployed the Turkish military to the border, too. It's not like Syria has not violated airspace or even abducted Syrians from Turkey.

sam stevens

6/26/2012 7:50:15 PM

Tevfik, I agree.....and Turkey should apologise. If that plane had not violated Syrian airspace, those pilots would still be alive,so who gave the order to the pilots ?.

Peter Thomas

6/26/2012 7:03:03 PM

Dear Russia, no one cares what you think any longer. You have lost all credibility in the international community with your continued support for a government that continues to kill its own people. You too bear some responsibly for the blatant shooting down of an unarmed Turkish plane, for the misguided support you are giving and continue to give Syria. Its because of this support, that the feel they can act with impunity. Well now they have gone to far. Where is your compassion for the pilots?

Tevfik Alp

6/26/2012 6:36:21 PM

Perhaps so. But, there is a monatery figure attached to this unfortunate error. Pilots lost their lives, mothers lost their husbands, children lost their fathers and Turkey lost their aircraft. Compensation and the punitive expenses should be provided immediately, without any argument.
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