The talks do not commit the – nation alliance to any particular action or response. The article is different from Article 5, which is about mutual self-defense and refers to an attack on the territory of any member. The attack in question did not take place on Turkish soil.
The Russian Defense Ministry rejected Turkey’s assertion that it had alerted Russian forces before the strikes. “Immediately after obtaining information about injured Turkish servicemen, the Russian side took comprehensive measures to completely stop shelling by the Syrian military,” the statement said.
Sergei V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said at a news briefing following talks with Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn of Luxembourg on Friday that Russia’s presence in Syria was justified. “We insist that there should be no compromises with terrorists, who have been rearing their head after the so-called Arab Spring broke out in , “he said.
The European Union’s top diplomat warned that the situation in Idlib could slide into an international confrontation.
“Ongoing escalation around needs to stop urgently, Said the EU) high representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, on Twitter. “There is a risk of sliding into a major open international military confrontation.”
He added that the bloc would “consider all necessary measures to protect its security interests. We are in touch with all relevant actors. ”
Russia said earlier on Friday it was sending two warships armed with cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast.
Steven Erlanger contributed reporting from Brussels, and Oleg Matsnev from Moscow.