Russia’s military says Turkey’s airspace violation claim a ‘provocation’

Feb 1, 2016
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A Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said that a Russian SU-34 crossed into Turkish airspace from Syria on Friday, ignoring several warnings that were delivered both in Russian and in English by Turkish radar units.

Turkey’s allegations that a Russian warplane violated its airspace are not backed by any factual data and are a premeditated provocation, Russia’s Defence Ministry said today.

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin after the incident.

“There were no violations of Turkish airspace by aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic”.

The Russian Defense Ministry denied the claim and said no such violation had actually happened. “Let me remind you that Defense Ministry representatives have refuted the violation of the Turkish airspace by one of our planes claimed by the Turkish side”, Dmitry Peskov told.

Moscow imposed a series of economic sanctions against Ankara after the incident, sparking the biggest crisis between the two countries since the Cold War.

“If Russia continues the violations of Turkey’s sovereign rights, it will be forced to bear the consequences”, he added, without specifying what they might be. “There has been no answer on this yet”. “Previous incidents have shown how risky such behaviour is”, Stoltenberg said in a statement.

The aircraft involved in this incident was an Su-34 “Fullback” fighter-bomber, the more advanced replacement for the Su-24 “Flanker” shot down by Turkey in November.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg added its voice to that of Mr Erdogan yesterday, telling Russian Federation “to act responsibly and to fully respect North Atlantic Treaty Organisation airspace” while also urging “calm and de-escalation” of tensions between Moscow and Ankara. The alliance member said it felt threatened by the conflict in the region. “In the end there is no military solution to the conflict”, Kerry said in a televised statement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

 

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