Nato has no other option but to support Turkey’s positionby Jonathan Eyal / November 24, 2015 / Leave a comment
NATO ambassadors are meeting this afternoon in an emergency session to assess their response to the downing by the Turkish military of a Russian jet on the border with Syria.
The meeting is labelled as “informal”, in a conscious effort to calm diplomatic tempers. But there is no doubt that the Alliance is facing an awkward choice between supporting one of its member-states and risking a further downturn in relations with Russia, just when key NATO nations are seeking Russia’s military cooperation in the Middle East. The incident could not have come at a worst time.
Since the Russians first launched their offensive over the crowded skies of Syria in which the militaries of at least ten other nations regularly operate, this was an accident waiting to happen. Israel, which is not an active party to the conflict, acted early to prevent…