"Crisis in Russian-Turkish relations left behind" (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.21
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The crisis in Russian-Turkish relations was left behind, since both countries perceived the strategic importance of each other, a source in Turkey's presidential administration told Trend Oct.21.
Turkey's political elite has clearly expressed its concern over the violation of the country's airspace by Russian air forces, according to the source.
The violation of Turkey's airspace by the planes of Russian air forces involved in the military operations in Syria, led to a political crisis between Ankara and Moscow.
Following the incident, Russia's ambassador to Turkey was summoned to the country's Foreign Ministry to clarify the situation.
Commenting on the incident, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country will not allow the repeated violation of its airspace by Russian air forces.
The president noted that any violation of Turkish borders is the violation of NATO borders.
"I believe that Russia will not want to spoil the relations with Turkey," Erdogan added.
The source also noted that there are several issues between Russia and Turkey, the settlement of which won't lead to a new crisis. These issues concern Russia's attitude to a number of armed groups in Iraq's north and Turkey.
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