Russian army delegation visits Ankara over airspace breach

Delegation of Russian military officials visit Turkish General Staff over recent airspace violations of Russian jets in Turkey’s Syrian border

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Soldier seen standing guard at the General Staff headquarters in capital Ankara in this archive photo.

A Russian military delegation led by Russian Air Force Major General, Sergey Dronov paid a visit to Turkish General Staff on Thursday in capital Ankara to share information regarding the breach of Turkish airspace by Russian jets on Oct. 3-4.

General Staff released a statement regarding the meeting which said, “Military delegation chaired by Russian Air Force Major General, Sergey Dronov visited the General Staff in order to share information towards enlighten the reasons behind the violation of Turkish airspace and to prevent the incident from occurring again.”

Violation of Turkish airspace by Russia has sparked tensions between Russia and Turkey, in addition to the division countries are facing over their Syrian policy.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly criticised the recent Russian military interventions in northern Syria backing Assad's regime, warning that “Russia will lose much if it loses Turkey.”

Russia is also reported to have built ties with YPG militants and plans to send arms to the group to fight against ISIS.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexey Meshkov had commented that Russia is ready to provide military aid to all  "constructive" groups fighting ISIS.

YPG is the militia of the PYD which is considered an extension of the outlawed PKK by Turkey.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov also said that Russia is ready to cooperate with Turkey against terrorism.

Erdogan who met with EU leaders in Brussels last week had already called for solidarity against terrorism and groups such as ISIS and the PKK affiliated PYD. Erdogan also said Turkey is hoping that the EU countries will act accordingly against terrorist organisations.

Turkey was recently shook by the deadly terror attack in capital Ankara which claimed the lives of 99 people and left over 500 injured.

Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu stated on Thursday that 12 people were detained as part of the investigation over the bombing and “ there are connections with both ISIS and PKK."

TRTWorld and agencies