Russia artificially exacerbates relations with Turkey (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Russia artificially exacerbates relations with Turkey, a source in the Turkish presidential administration told Trend Oct. 5.
The source said that the violation of the airspace on October 3 is one of the first actions in this direction.
The source also said that there must be no doubt that in case of repeated violation of the airspace, Ankara's reaction will be very tough.
"Turkey hopes to maintain good relations with Russia, but at the moment, everything depends on Russia," the source said.
The source said that through its military operations in Syria, Moscow intends to isolate the coalition forces from the settlement of the Syrian crisis, which is unacceptable.
Earlier today, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, commenting on the violation of his country's airspace by Russian aircraft, said that in case if this is repeated, the issue can be reviewed by NATO.
He also said Russia informed that the incident with military aircraft took place by mistake.
Davutoglu, meanwhile, further noted that Russia's actions in Syria are a big mistake.
"At a time when [Syrian President] Bashar Assad has weakened and his resignation being a matter of time, Russia is bombing the moderate opposition's positions in Syria," said Davutoglu.
He also expressed the hope that Russia would abandon its erroneous position.
Turkish Foreign Ministry said Oct. 5 that the planes of Russian air forces, involved in the military operation in Syria, violated Turkey's airspace on Oct. 3.
The aircraft of Turkish air forces carried out warning sorties following the violation of the country's airspace.
After this Russian planes left the Turkish airspace.
Following the incident, Russian ambassador to Turkey was summoned to the country's Foreign Ministry to clarify the situation.
Earlier, Russia's President Vladimir Putin appealed to the country's Federation Council to authorize using Russian armed forces abroad. The Federation Council granted the request.
Previously, the head of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Ivanov told reporters that the decision concerns Syria and the matter rests solely in an operation of the air forces.
Russia sent its warplanes to Syria after a request from Damascus.
Russian military space forces have also been reported to deliver strikes on positions of the terrorist organization "Islamic State" in Syria.
Edited by CN
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