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Turkey says Russia violated its airspace near Syria border

Turkey says Russia violated its airspace near Syria border

Turkey has accused Russia of again violating its airspace and warned it would “face consequences” if such infringements continue.

The foreign ministry said a Russian jet flew into its airspace on the border with Syria on Friday. Moscow described the claim as “baseless propaganda”. Tensions between the two countries have been high since November, when Turkey shot down a Russian jet. Russia has been carrying out air strikes in Syria since September. It has been targeting forces fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, its ally.

‘Irresponsible steps’

In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said a Russian SU-34 jet crossed into Turkish airspace at 11:46 local time on Friday, ignoring several warnings made in Russian and English. It said the ministry had summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara to “strongly protest at and condemn” the incidents. (BBC News, 2016)


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