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Russia urges NATO not to escalate tension over Syria

English.news.cn   2012-06-25 23:47:05            

MOSCOW, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday urged NATO not to use Turkey's application for an alliance meeting to escalate the tension around Syria.

"Turkey's application to NATO could be considered as a very disturbing signal that there is a possible escalation of the situation around Syria," Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Glushko told RIA Novosti news agency.

Under the current situation, the international community must make joint efforts to create the environment for a political transformation of the crisis in Syria, the diplomat said.

"All Syrian parties must be encouraged to look for a political solution," Glushko said.

Ankara has applied to NATO for a special meeting to discuss Article IV of the North Atlantic Treaty in relation to Friday's incident, in which its fighter jet was shot down by Syria.

Under the article, any NATO member may consult the allies in case their territorial integrity, political independence or security comes under threat.

Syria insisted the shooting was in accordance with laws observed in similar situations, while Turkey said the fighter jet was shot in international airspace.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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