NATO to hold emergency meeting after Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet


NATO will hold an emergency meeting after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border that Ankara said had violated its airspace.

Tuesday's meeting of the North Atlantic Council, the alliances main decision-making body, will be held at Turkey's request, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements.

The council, composed of ambassadors from the United States and NATOs 27 other member countries, will convene at 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) The official said “the aim of this extraordinary NAC meeting is for Turkey to inform allies about the downing of a Russian airplane.”

On Oct. 5, following two earlier Russian violations of Turkish airspace reported by Turkey, the NAC accused Russia of “irresponsible behavior,” and sternly warned Moscow it was courting “extreme danger” by sending its warplanes into the skies of an alliance member country.