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    The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had summoned the Russian Ambassador to Ankara over an alleged Turkish airspace violation by a Russian jet.

    Turkey Summons Russian Ambassador Over Alleged Airspace Violation

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    The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had summoned the Russian Ambassador to Turkey over an alleged Turkish airspace violation by a Russian jet. The Russian Embassy confirmed that the envoy had been summoned, however, did not disclose the reason for the meeting.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Embassy in Ankara has confirmed that the ambassador had been summoned.

    "We confirm that Ambassador Andrei Karlov had a meeting in the Turkish Foreign Ministry. We do not comment on the content of his talks with his colleagues from the Turkish Foreign Ministry," the embassy's spokesperson, Igor Mityakov, told RIA Novosti.

    The alleged incident involving a Su-34 fighter bomber took place on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement adding that the plane had been warned by Turkish air radar units.

    "At the meeting we strongly protested and condemned this violation and reiterated, once again, aforementioned concerns as to the gravity of such violations," the Turkish ministry said.

    "We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also NATO airspace," the Turkish Foreign Ministry added.

    On November 24, a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber with two pilots on board over Syria. Ankara claimed it had downed the Russian warplane as it had allegedly violated Turkish airspace. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command have confirmed that the Russian jet never crossed into Turkish airspace.

    In response to Ankara's "stab in the back," as the incident has been described by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow imposed a number of economic measures on Turkey.


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    • FlorianGeyer
      A Russian fighter buzzed within 6 m of a US spy plane over the Black Sea a few days ago.
      As President Putin said after the stab in the back from Turkey, " Let them fly now "
      I hope the US/Turkish flyboys have their butt plugs inserted nice and tight before they consider a re-run , lol.

      Russia has no intention of bombing Turkey, whereas Turkey has and would bomb Syria again if Erdogan thought they could get away with it.
    • siberianhusky
      I would have loved if the Turks had been stupid enough to send up an F-16 and threatened the Russian plane.
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      Russian provocation will surely end up sparking another strike. Putin is looking for trouble.
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      Was the border, the original border or were the Russians flying in Syrian air space, where Turkey had moved the border?

      I wonder what Greece has to say about Turkey and airspace?
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      The Azaz corridor Turk-Syrian border crossing is what US-NATO and Turkey see as the red line. It is heavily fortified by the Turk Army and is the main ISiL supply route. If Russia is about to target it, there could be big trouble.
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      Nazi turks are lying again !
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      innocappuccinnoin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
      Zhukov, they would hit that anyway, and let NATO cover that mess! put all the NATO internet trolls to work for that! Russia must bring a few tactical nukes in Syria, keep them handy, for THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, US included. Russia must get used going everywhere with the nukes, every peaceful mission, every diplomatic mission, like US does.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)
      Jg38691, Give some facts ?
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