Turkish embassy in Moscow attacked by protesters

Russian protesters attack Turkish embassy in Moscow by throwing stones, paint and eggs as they protest over downing of Russian warplane turns violent

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Embassy in Moscow is seen after a protest staged following the downing of Russian warplane in Moscow, Russia on November 25, 2015.

Turkey’s embassy in Moscow has been hit by stones, eggs and paint hurled by a group of protestors.

An angry crowd demonstrating against Turkey’s recent downing of a Russian warplane attacked the building on Wednesday, Anadolu Agency’s correspondent in the Russian capital reported.

Windows in the second and third floors of the building were smashed.

Photographs on Twitter showed the street outside the embassy on Rostovskiy Pereulok covered in debris.

Protesters threw paint, eggs and stones, and smashed several windows on the second and third floor.

The protests originally began late on Tuesday but when the crowd gathered again on Wednesday it turned into an assault on the embassy building.

Orhan Gazigil, the embassy's press adviser, said there had been a lack of required security measures in front of the building.

"The street where the embassy is situated should have been completely closed to traffic but the police did not take such a measure. Accordingly, the embassy building was damaged," he said.

On Tuesday, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on an aerial patrol intercepted a Russian warplane within engagement rules when it intruded into Turkish airspace near the Turkey-Syria border.

The intruding aircraft was warned about the violation 10 times within five minutes before it was shot down.

This was not the first time Russian fighter jets had violated Turkish airspace.

In early October, Russian warplanes breached Turkish airspace for which Russian officials apologized and pledged that no such incident would be repeated.

Turkey had also renewed its warning to implement engagement rules, including a military response to violations of Turkish airspace.