Russian Airstrike Incident in Syria 'Entirely Unintended' - Turkish Deputy PM

© REUTERS / Khalil AshawiTurkish forces and members of the Free Syrian Army are seen at the al Baza'a village on the outskirts of al-Bab town in Syria February 4, 2017
Turkish forces and members of the Free Syrian Army are seen at the al Baza'a village on the outskirts of al-Bab town in Syria February 4, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Russia's accidental airstrike in Syria that led to the deaths of Turkish soldiers was "entirely unintended," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Friday. The accidental airstrike in Syria killed three Turkish servicemen and wounded another 11.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — Speaking with Turkey's NTV broadcaster, the deputy prime minister said preliminary data indicates that the airstrike was caused by an "error in coordination."

"This is an entirely unintended incident. It is very important that the distinguished [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has informed of the accident, and the position that Russia displayed after the incident is very important," Kurtulmus said.

"In any case, it is a completely accidental incident, an accident, but how this could happen within the existing coordination will become clear," Kurtulmus said.

Turkish military vehicles drive in the Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, as they head towards the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria January 9, 2017 - Sputnik International
Kremlin Explains Why Russia's Airstrike Resulted in Turkish Soldiers' Deaths
On Thursday, the Kremlin spokesman confirmed to Sputnik that Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over an accidental Russian airstrike that had killed Turkish soldiers in Syria. Peskov said that Russia and Turkey will jointly investigate the deadly incident.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that poor coordination was the reason for an unintentional Russian airstrike killing Turkish soldiers near Syria's al-Bab, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian bombers had been on a mission to destroy Daesh terrorists' positions near al-Bab, where Turkish soldiers had been accidentally bombed.

On Friday, the Kremlin spokesman said that wrong coordinates of Turkish army's locations provided to Russia resulted in a deadly Russian airstrike on Turkish army's positions in al-Bab.

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