Turkey claims Russian jet violated its airspace

Nato member summons ambassador after plane allegedly ignored radar warnings

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  in Ankara, Turkey. File photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey. File photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

 

A Russian SU-34 jet violated Turkish airspace on Friday despite radar warnings, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, in the latest dispute between the two countries, which are both involved in the conflict in Syria.

The Russian ambassador was summoned over the incident late on Friday, the statement said, adding that the violation was a clear sign that Russia wanted issues between the two countries to escalate.

“We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also Nato airspace,” the statement said.

“We are emphasising once again that the unwanted consequences of such irresponsible behaviour will belong fully to the Russian Federation.”

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Saturday to “take all necessary measures” to ensure Nato airspace was not violated again.

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the incident.

November incident

The two leaders have not met since Turkey downed a Russian jet in November.

“I told our foreign ministry to convey my desire to meet Mr Putin personally. There has been no answer on this yet,” Mr Erdogan told reporters.

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November in an incident that wrecked relations between the two countries.

Russia has imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, hitting its tourism and exports.

Reuters