EU calls on Russia to join fight against ISIL

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov

EU calls on Russia to join fight against ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Wednesday that Russia should join Western powers in the fight against ISIL.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mogherini said she offered her condolences for one of the two pilots who was killed after a warplane was downed by Turkey for violating its airspace on Tuesday.  

"Mogherini and Lavrov agreed on the need to safeguard the diplomatic track for the Syria crisis opened in Vienna, and to proceed with the agreed timeline decided at the last meeting of the International Syria Support Group, that would constitute the most effective basis for effectively defeating ISIL on the ground," the statement added. 

EU officials and NATO called for calm and de-escalation following the incident on Tuesday, underlining that the common target should be ISIL.

"The common enemy should be ISIL," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday after an emergency meeting of the alliance in Brussels.

"What you have seen is most of the attacks by Russia, so far, have been targeted to targets in parts of Syria where ISIL is not present," he said.

On Tuesday, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on an aerial patrol intercepted a Russian warplane within engagement rules when it intruded into Turkish airspace on the Turkey-Syria border.

The intruding aircraft was warned about the violation 10 times within five minutes before it was shot down.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that its Russian SU-24 fighter jet had been shot down. It crashed in the Syrian region of Bayirbucak close to Yayladagi district of Turkey's southern Hatay province.

NATO confirmed the accuracy of information shared by Turkey about the violation.

It was not the first time Russian fighter jets had violated Turkish airspace. In early October, Russian warplanes breached Turkish airspace. Russian officials apologized and pledged that no such incident would be repeated. Turkey had also renewed its warning on engagement rules, including a military response against violations of Turkish airspace.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Kasım 2015, 17:44