Turkey has summoned the Russian envoy claiming that a Russian Su-34 fighter jet violated its airspace on Friday.
A number of warnings in both Russian and in English were allegedly sent to the jet.
“We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also NATO airspace,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
“We are emphasizing once again that the unwanted consequences of such irresponsible behavior will belong fully to the Russian Federation,” it added.
The ministry also said it views the alleged violation as a clear sign that Russia is seeking to escalate the already existing tensions.
#SonDakika I Türk Dışişleri: 29 Ocak’ta Rusya’ya ait bir SU-34 uçağı Türk hava sahasını ihlâl etti.
— GazeteUzay (@gazeteuzay) January 30, 2016
The Russian embassy in Ankara confirms the envoy has been summoned.
“We confirm that the ambassador, Andrey Karlov, has had a meeting in the Turkish Foreign Ministry,” Igor Mityakov, the press secretary of the Russian embassy in Ankara, told RIA Novosti following Turkey’s statement. He did not confirm the incident itself and provided no further comment.
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