CNN: Syrian downing of Turkish plane condemned; NATO to meet

Istanbul (CNN) — Western leaders roundly condemned the downing of a Turkish military fighter jet by Syria ahead of a NATO meeting on Tuesday on the issue.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday said she had spoken with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu about Friday’s incident.

Turkey took its case to NATO, a spokeswoman for the alliance confirmed. Turkey, a key member of the group, is expected to make a presentation on the incident in Brussels Tuesday.

It called for the meeting under NATO’s Article 4, which deals with what happens when the “territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.”

British Foreign Minister William Hague Sunday called the incident “outrageous” and said he condemned it wholeheatedly.”

“The Assad regime should not make the mistake of believing that it can act with impunity. It will be held to account for its behavior,” Hague said.

The plane was participating in a test of Turkey’s national radar system, Davutoglu said.


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