Syria shot down a Turkish fighter jet over the Mediterranean on Friday. According to a military statement, the aircraft was flying fast and low, just one kilometer off the Syrian coast when it was hit.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on Turkey and Syria to exercise restraint with regard to the issue. Salehi, in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, also expressed hoped that the two sides would settle the issue peacefully to maintain regional stability.
Trying not to inflame a sensitive incident by admitting its aircraft may have entered Syrian territory, Ankara said that its military lost radar and radio contact with the jet over the Mediterranean after it took off from Erhac Airport in the eastern Turkish province of Malatya.
According to Chicago Tribune, signals from both sides suggest neither want a military confrontation over the incident.
But based on the latest information obtained from this incident, the issue is much broader than what was thought.
One thing that remained unsaid in most news agencies is that who was behind the overthrow of the Turkish plane, Tabnak reported.
Latest reports from Western military sources suggest that the plane was shot down by an advanced anti-aircraft defense system which the Syrian government has recently been provided by Russia.
As a result, it can be said that the issue involves a conflict between Russia and NATO.
According to Tabnak, the event should be considered a very serious warning from Russia to NATO. That is, this country will not allow the West to intervene in Syria.