While Turkey seems to be satisfied with Russia’s explanation of its accidental violation of Turkish airspace on Saturday, the US seems to be unwilling to drop the issue.
"I don't believe that this was an accident," Reuters quoted some anonymous US defense official as saying in Madrid, describing the incident as the "violation of a NATO member's sovereignty".
Meanwhile, Moscow told Ankara that the Russian pilot that violated Turkish airspace was mistaken and that it would not happen again. The warplane had strayed across the Turkish border into Hatay Province, which is located approximately 50 kilometers north of Latakia in coastal Syria, where Russian Aerospace Defense Forces are stationed.
"We contacted Russia through diplomatic channels and were told that Russia respects Turkey’s borders and that incident occurred because of a misunderstanding, but won’t happen again," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview aired by Turkey’s Haberturk television channel, seemingly satisfied with the explanation.