The nationality of the craft is unknown, according to a statement by the military. It had violated Turkish airspace before it was warned and then shot down, the military said. The Anadolu Agency posted pictures of soldiers inspecting a crashed drone and Haberturk television also reported that it was an unmanned aircraft, without saying how it got the information. It said the drone fell inside the Turkish border near the town of Kilis. The military declined to comment on the reports.
All planes in Russia’s air group in Syria returned to base after their missions, while “unmanned aircraft conducting monitoring of the situation in Syria and conducting aerial reconnaissance are functioning normally,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Friday, according to RIA Novosti.
Russia began air strikes in Syria on Sept. 30 with the stated intention of supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, whom Turkey wants to see deposed. The Turkish chief of staff reported Thursday that General Sergei Dronov, deputy head of the Russian air force, had visited to explain recent airspace violations by Russian jets. North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the intrusions unacceptable last week and said NATO has “a duty to reinforce” its member state.
A Syrian Mig-23 warplane that briefly penetrated 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) into Turkish airspace was shot down by an air force missile in March last year after it ignored four warnings, Turkey’s military said in a statement at the time.
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