World Bulletin/News Desk
Pointing that, Turkey's shooting down of a Syrian jet is a reminder of how close to home the war on President Bashar al-Assad is, British paper Telegraph reminds Turkey is a valued and important Nato member, and that's why Assad will be reluctant to respond in military means.
Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent of the paper, argues that "Assad knows that the West has all along been looking for a legal justification for military intervention in the war, bypassing the need for a vote under the UN Security Council that can be vetoed by Russia, even if it does not want to exercise that right. A retaliation now by Assad would provide that justification and, as a result, he is all the more likely to resist the temptation."
Two Syrian MIG-23 fighter aircrafts approached Turkey's airspace along the Turkish-Syrian border on Sunday.
While one of the planes diverted its course after four warnings, the other plane violated Turkey's airspace at 1:13 pm by about a kilometer. It then continued to and head west and to fly in Turkish airspace for about one and a half kilometer, said the office of Turkish Chief of Staff.
The pilot of the downed aircraft reportedly survived the incident, having jumped out with a parachute.
The incident was discussed early Monday in separate phone calls between Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Ahmet Davutoglu spoke with Rasmussen and Ban to discuss the developments following the Syrian military jet was shot down.Last Mod: 24 Mart 2014, 13:31