NATO chief warns Syria to avoid escalation with Turkey

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmunssen, July 2, 2012

From AFP:  NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Syria Thursday to find a political solution to the country’s crisis and warned against any new incidents with Turkey after a plane was shot down.

"I would expect that the Syrian authorities will do all they can to avoid any escalation and any such unacceptable incident as we saw when they shot down a Turkish aircraft," Rasmussen told a joint news conference with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa in Ljubljana.

"It goes without saying that Turkey can count on NATO. NATO is of course prepared to defend Turkey if it is so necessary," he added.  (photo: Getty)

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