Turkey ready to discuss prevention of any aviation incidents with Russia (UPDATE)

Türkiye Materials 7 October 2015 14:55 (UTC +04:00)

details added (first version posted at 13:30)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey is ready to discuss the issue of preventing any other aviation incidents with Russia, the Turkish foreign ministry said Oct. 7.

It is stressed that a joint working group with the Russian Federation has not been established yet to discuss the incident connected with the violation of Turkish airspace.

Earlier, the Turkish foreign ministry spread the information that the Russian Air Force planes, taking part in military operations in Syria, violated Turkish airspace Oct. 3.

The Turkish Air Force planes were also involved with the aim of warning following this violation.

The Russian planes then left the Turkish airspace.

After the incident, the Russian ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry to clarify the situation.

Turkey will not allow the repeated violation of its airspace by the planes of the Russian Air Forces, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier.

The president stressed that any violation of the Turkish borders is a violation of NATO's borders.

"I think that Russia will not want to spoil relations with Turkey," President Erdogan said.
He also said that if Russia loses Turkey, it will lose a lot.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed to the Federation Council for permission to use the Russian Armed Forces abroad. The Senate approved this request. The head of the Russian Presidential Administration Sergey Ivanov told reporters that the decision concerns Syria and the matter rests in the operation of the Military Air Forces.

Russia sent military aircraft to Syria after Damascus's request. The Russian Military Forces are inflicting strikes on the positions of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria.

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