However, Mr. Stoltenberg said “I look forward to further contacts between Ankara and Moscow and I call for calm and de-escalation,” insisting that diplomacy and de-escalation are important to resolve this situation.
Stoltenberg also added that “Turkey informed Allies about the downing of a Russian Air Force plane violating Turkish airspace.”
He said “I have previously expressed my concerns about the implications of the military actions of the Russian Federation close to NATO’s borders.”
“This highlights the importance of having and respecting arrangements to avoid such incidents in the future,” Stoltenberg, said adding that “As we have repeatedly made clear, we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO Ally, Turkey.”
The Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed Turkey for shooting down the Su-24 jet, saying the loss is a result of stab in the back delivered by accomplices of terrorists.
Condemning the act as ‘severe violation of international law’, a top Russian defense official, said the Su-24 was downed over the Syrian territory.
He also claimed that the crash site was four kilometers away from the Turkish border, accusing Turkey for violating the Syrian airspace.
One of the two crew members of the downed jet was killed after rebels opened fire when they ejected. Another Russian marine was killed shortly after the jet was downed when he was on a helicopter mission to rescue the crew of the jet.