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Ankara Accuses Russian Warplane of Violating Turkish Airspace

© REUTERS / Khalil AshawiA warplane which activists say belongs to the Russian forces flies in the sky over the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria October 2, 2015
A warplane which activists say belongs to the Russian forces flies in the sky over the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria October 2, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov over an alleged violation of Turkish airspace by a Russian warplane, the ministry said in a statement Monday.

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ANKARA (Sputnik) According to the statement, a Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace in the province of Hatay near Syria on October 3. The aircraft left Turkish airspace after being intercepted by two Turkish F-16 fighter jets.

"The Russian ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry, where a strong protest was voiced to him. The protest was also voiced by Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu in a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Sinirlioglu has discussed the incident with his counterparts from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy and is seeking a discussion on the issue with NATO Secretary General [Jens Stoltenberg] and German Foreign Minister [Frank-Walter Steinmeier]," the statement reads.

Russian embassy spokesperson Igor Mityakov confirmed to RIA Novosti that Deputy Undersecretary of Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Muhtar Gun gave a written complaints about the incident to the Russian ambassador.

On Wednesday, Russia launched its first airstrikes on Islamic State (ISIL) militant positions in Syria, at Syrian President Bashar Assad's request.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the airstrikes carried out by the Russian jets disrupted ISIL' command system and logistics network and caused significant damage to the infrastructure used for planning terrorist acts in Syria and Iraq.

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