Downing of Russian jet sends wrong signal to terrorists: Zarif

TEHRAN, Nov. 25 (MNA) – In a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Iranian FM Zarif expressed his concern over the downed Russian jet fighter that was shot down by Turkish military on Tuesday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif added that such incidents would lead to the escalation of Syrian crisis and sending a wrong signal to terrorist groups, the Ministry’s spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari told reporters on Wednesday.

Zarif stressed to his Russian counterpart that the incident once again proved the sensitivity of the situation in Syria, as well as the impact of its consequences on global peace and security and the need for a unified international fight against terrorism.

The Iranian top diplomat further asserted that the success of anti-terrorism efforts relies on a unified will and determination from regional and international states.  

Zarif also noted that under the current situation, any measure that would further increase tension and complicate matters would send a wrong signal to the terrorists who would then presume that they could still carry out their atrocities against Syrian people and other nations in the world by exploiting the gap in the views of effective parties.

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday, claiming the Su-24 fighter bomber had violated Turkey's airspace and ignored 10 warnings. Russia however claims that the jet did not cross the Syria-Turkey border and was, therefore, illegally attacked.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the shooting of the plane "represents a stab in the back by the terrorists' accomplices,” adding it will have "serious consequences for Russia's relationship with Turkey."

Meanwhile, the ambassadors of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are due to hold an 'extraordinary' meeting at the request of Turkey to further investigate the matter. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also urged to the clarification of the incident.

 

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