Turkey Committed Act of War By Shooting Russian Plane in Syria
Under international law, shooting down a Russian warplane in Syrian airspace is an act of war by Turkey, legal expert Alexander Mercouris told Sputnik.
Shooting down Russia’s Su-24M bomber jet while in Syrian airspace is an aggressive act that is being regarded an act of war under international law, legal expert Alexander Mercouris told Radio Sputnik on Tuesday.
“If the aircraft was in Syrian airspace, then in international legal terms it is an act of war, because Turkey would have invaded Syrian airspace, and shot down an aircraft within Syria, that was operating with the consent of the Syrian government,” Mercouris told Radio Sputnik.
“That would be a most aggressive step,” said Mercouris.
Turkey’s actions in summoning the Russian ambassador and initiating a NATO meeting, rather
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