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Recon airplane shooted down by Syria: Turkey called NATO for consultations.

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On Friday , Syria´s Air Force shooted down a Turkish reconassaince military airplane, while flying in Syrian airspace.

Syria says they shhoted the plane because it was in Syrian airspace, but Turkey says that the aircraft was in international airspace. According to Syrian sources, the recon plane was travelling at very low altitude and at high speed.

Immediately, Turkey protested and now is calling a meeting on Tuesday of Nato member states to discuss its response to the shooting down of one of its warplanes.

Turkey feels its security threatened and that is why Ankara has invoked Article 4 of Nato’s charter, under which consultations can be requested, officials say.

The Turkish foreign ministry knows the coordinates of the jet, which was in Syrian territorial waters at a depth of 1,300m (4,265ft), but after 48 hours has not yet found it nor the crew.

The turkish government has also issued a diplomatic protest note to Syria.

Turkey wants to be sure of the strongest possible Nato backing before deciding what to do.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said to Turkish TV that the jet was unarmed jet and that had “momentarily” entered Syrian airspace by mistake on Friday but had left when it was shot down 15 minutes later.

The Turskish plane was on a mission to test Turkish radar capabilitiess , according to Mr Davutoglu statement.

British Reaction.-

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Syrian military’s actions were “outrageous” and stated “how far beyond accepted behaviour the Syrian regime has put itself”.

“It will be held to account for its behaviour. The UK stands ready to pursue robust action at the United Nations Security Council,” he said.

Relations between Nato-member Turkey and Syria, once close allies, have deteriorated sharply since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. More than 30,000 Syrian refugees have fled the violence across the border into Turkey.