Speaking to reporters at Istanbul Ataturk Airport before his departure for Chile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the violation of Turkish airspace, which he also described as NATO airspace, was a result of Russian attempts to escalate existing tension in the region, the Anadolu Agency reported.
“Russia will have to bear the consequences if the violations continue,” he said.
An official statement released on Saturday said that the Russian aircraft – a SU-34 fighter-bomber – was repeatedly warned by Turkish air radar units in Russian and English.
“A Russian SU-34 fighter jet violated Turkish airspace yesterday (January 29, 2016) at 11.46 a.m. local time in Turkey [0946 GMT],” the statement read.
NATO has confirmed the airspace violation: “I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
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