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    Ankara has sent Moscow an invitation to talks with military specialists on aviation incidents, and is currently awaiting a response, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Friday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — On Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said a Russian military aircraft had violated the country’s airspace near Syria on October 3.

    The Russian Defense Ministry later confirmed that on October 3 an Su-30 Flanker multirole fighter had briefly entered Turkish airspace for a few seconds due to poor weather conditions.

    "We have sent an invitation to Russia for a military delegation to visit Ankara. We have yet to receive a response from the Russian side," Bilgic told reporters.

    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 Davutoglu, Moscow assured Ankara that such incidents would not take place in the future.

    On September 30, 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, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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