Russian Planes Entered Turkish Airspace for Less Than 2 Minutes - Deputy PM

© AP Photo / Dmitry Steshin, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via APIn this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, a Russian pilot fixes an air-to-air missile at his Su-30 jet fighter before a take off at Hmeimim airbase in Syria
In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, a Russian pilot fixes an air-to-air missile at his Su-30 jet fighter before a take off at Hmeimim airbase in Syria - Sputnik International
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Ankara claims Russian military aircraft were present in the Turkish airspace for less than two minutes, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes said Wednesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pauses as he speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) NATO maintains that Russian fighter jets participating in the air campaign against Islamic State (ISIL) violated Turkish airspace on October 3 and October 4. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that on October 3, an Su-30 Flanker multirole fighter briefly entered Turkish airspace for a few seconds due to poor weather conditions.

"Two cases of Turkish airspace violation [by Russian planes] lasting for around two minutes took place. Any violation of the airspace is monitored by our military in Ankara. We consider it as an infringement on our borders, it bothers not only us but also NATO," Turkes told journalists.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told journalists on Monday that the incident involving a Russian jet entering Turkish airspace had not affected relations between the countries. According to him, Moscow assured Ankara such incidents would not take place in the future.

Russian military officials continued consultations with colleagues from Turkey earlier on Wednesday on avoiding airspace violations by Russian Air Force warplanes operating on Syrian territory as part of an anti-ISIL operation close to the Turkish-Syrian border, according to Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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