Turkish FM talks to Ban, Rasmussen over Syrian military jet shooting

Monday, March 24, 2014

Turkey's Foreign Minister speaks to world leaders after Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian military jet for violating their airspace on Sunday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister speaks to world leaders after Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian military jet for violating their airspace on Sunday.

ANKARA - A Syrian jet which was shot down by Turkish forces on Sunday for violating their airspace 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.

Two Syrian MIG-23 fighter aircrafts approached Turkey's airspace along the Turkish-Syrian border around 1pm 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.

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