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US, Turkey Threaten to Shoot Down Russian Jets for Airspace Violations

“Turkey’s rules of engagement apply to all planes, be they Syrian [or] Russian…Necessary steps would be taken against whoever violates Turkey’s borders, even if it’s a bird”, the Brussels-based online newspaper EUobserver quoted Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as telling the TV broadcaster HaberTurk on Monday.


US Secretary of State John Kerry concurred, saying the violation might result in a ‘shootdown’.

“We are greatly concerned about it because it is precisely the kind of thing that, had Turkey responded… it could have resulted in a shootdown, and it is precisely the kind of thing we warned against,” Reuters quoted the Secretary of State saying during a visit to Chile.

The politician added that he had since intensified diplomatic discussions to ensure that there would be no accidental conflict between Russian and coalition aircraft over Syria.

The warning arrived as the Russian ambassador to Turkey was summoned by the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Ankara for a second time over

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