Russia deliberately violating Turkey's airspace: Nato

Russia deliberately violating Turkeys airspace: Nato
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Russia Deliberately Violating Turkey\'s Airspace: Nato. Nato chief accused Russia on Tuesday of deliberately violating Turkey\'s airspace during bombing raids on Syria, as Ankara summoned Moscow’s envoy over the latest intrusion.

Beirut: Nato chief accused Russia on Tuesday of deliberately violating Turkey's airspace during bombing raids on Syria, as Ankara summoned Moscow’s envoy over the latest intrusion.

The rise in tensions came as Russian warplanes struck Islamic State group targets in and around the ancient city of Palmyra for the first time, Syrian state TV said.

Nato member Turkey accuses Russia of violating its airspace at least twice over the weekend, and has warned it will activate its rules of military engagement if such intrusions are repeated.

Nato criticised the violations as “irresponsible” and urged Moscow to end raids against civilians and Syria’s opposition forces, Independent said.

On Tuesday, it stepped up the rhetoric, insisting the violations were intentional. “For us, this does not look like an accident, it is a serious violation,” Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels.

“The violations were for a long time compared to previous violations of airspace we have seen elsewhere in Europe,” he said. Turkey meanwhile said it had summoned the Russian ambassador to Ankara for the second time in as many days to protest a violation of its airspace on Sunday.

Turkey warned that “Russia would be held responsible” for future intrusions, a Turkish official said. Ankara said that on Saturday its fighter jets intercepted a Russian warplane and forced it to turn back.

Then on Sunday, two Turkish F-16 jets were “harassed” by a MIG-29 plane, according to the army. “Our rules of engagement are clear whoever violates our airspace,” Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu warned. “The Turkish Armed Forces are clearly instructed. Even if it is a flying bird.”Russia has acknowledged the Saturday incident, which it blamed on “unfavourable weather conditions”.
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