Russia claims Turkish airspace violation is ‘baseless'

Russian defence ministry claims reports of new Turkish airspace violation by Russian aircraft is ‘baseless propaganda’

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Russia's defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov holds a press briefing on the fight against terrorism in Syria at the National Defence Control Centre of the Russian Federation in Moscow on December 23

Updated Jan 31, 2016

The Russian defence ministry on Saturday dismissed Turkish reports of a new airspace violation by a Russian fighter jet, in the latest spat between the two countries.

"The Turkish declarations concerning the alleged violation of its airspace by a Russian Su-34 are baseless propaganda," said ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, AFP reported.

Konashenkov also claimed that there was not a single violation of Turkish airspace by Russian fighter jets in Syria on November 24.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the press ahead of his departure to a Latin American country that NATO was the first to detect the airspace violation.

"A violation of Turkish airspace is also considered a violation of NATO airspace. Due to this, the incident is under investigation by NATO. Moreover, NATO detected the violation before we did," said Erdogan.

The Turkish President said he wanted to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the incident but Russia hasn’t responded yet.

"I told our Foreign Ministry to convey my desire to meet Mr Putin personally. There has been no answer on this yet," Erdogan told reporters.

Tensions between the countries rose after a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was downed by Turkey after violating Turkish airspace near the Syrian border on November 24.

Erdogan on Saturday warned Russia that it would "have to face consequences if it keeps up such violations."

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