NATO to meet on Russian violation of Turkish airspace

NATO's North Atlantic Council will meet on Monday to discuss Russia's violation of Turkish airspace, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says, calling on Russia to avoid escalating tensions with the military alliance.

Stoltenberg, speaking after a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu, called Russia's actions "unacceptable" after Turkish fighter jets intercepted a Russian warplane that entered Turkey's airspace over the weekend. "I made clear (to Sinirlioglu) that NATO remains strongly committed to Turkey's security," Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg said he would convene a meeting of the North Atlantic Council later on Monday to discuss the situation.

"Russia’s actions are not contributing to the security and stability of the region," Stoltenberg said. "I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace and to avoid escalating tensions with the Alliance. I urge Russia to take the necessary steps to align its efforts with those of the international community in the fight against ISIL (Islamic State)."

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