Turkey says Russian jet violated its airspace, envoy summoned

Published: January 30, 2016
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A Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet lands at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria, in this handout photograph released by Russia's Defence Ministry November 7, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

A Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet lands at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria, in this handout photograph released by Russia's Defence Ministry November 7, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA: A Russian SU-34 jet violated Turkish airspace on Friday despite radar warnings, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, amid ongoing bitterness between the two countries involved in Syria’s war.

The Russian ambassador was summoned over the incident late on Friday, the statement said, adding that the violation was a clear sign that Russia wanted issues between the two countries to escalate.

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“We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also NATO airspace,” the statement said.

“We are emphasising once again that the unwanted consequences of such irresponsible behaviour will belong fully to the Russian Federation,” it added.

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November in an incident that wrecked relations between the two countries.

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Russia has imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, hitting its tourism and exports.

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