Turkish Army announced on its website that 10 Turkish F-16 jets performed patrol flight along the Turkish-Syrian border on Monday, during which two of the jets were harassed by unidentified MIG-29 jets locking on for five minutes 40 seconds.
On October 3, Russian jets violated Turkish-Syrian border in Turkey’s south while conducting air strikes in Syria.
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday, “A Russian fighter jet violated Turkey’s air space on October 3. Turkey’s two F-16 jets took off and intercepted it. Upon the mentioned violation, Russian ambassador was called to the ministry of foreign affairs office and the breach was strongly protested.”
Ministry also said, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and reaffirmed Turkey’s stance on the matter.
According to the statement, the Russian jet violated the Turkish air space in south of Yayladagı/Hatay area at 12:08 pm on Oct. 3.
“Turkey told the ambassador that Russia should highly refrain from a similar violation again and in opposite case, Russia would be accountable for any undesirable event,” the statement said.
It also stated that Turkish foreign minister held phone conversations with the foreign ministers of the US, England, France and Italy, and the matter would be discussed with NATO Secretary General and foreign minister of Germany as well.