Russian Ambassador in Ankara expressed its protest for the second week in connection with the violation of the Moscow airspace. About it reports Reuters referring to the statement by the Turkish foreign Ministry.
The diplomat was summoned in the foreign Ministry on Tuesday, 6 October. The Foreign Ministry stressed that the Turkish side is ready to discuss with Russia the development of measures that will avoid similar incidents in the future.
In the Russian Embassy confirmed the call of a diplomat in the foreign Ministry. “We reaffirm that the Russian Ambassador before he was again summoned to the Turkish foreign Ministry in connection with aviainterery”, — told the Interfax press attache of the Russian Embassy in Turkey, Igor mityakov. He said that “the main content of the meeting was to discuss the issue of coordination of the Russian and Turkish military to avoid similar incidents in the future.” In conversation with RIA Novosti Mitkov said that at the meeting the Turkish side has proposed to hold a meeting to prevent a recurrence of violations.
On the eve of the representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov said that on October 6 in Istanbul was a meeting of the Russian military attaché at the Embassy in Istanbul with representatives of the Ministry of defense of Turkey. Her Turkish side proposed to establish a joint group to coordinate action and prevent incidents associated with the Russian operation in Syria.
Last week Turkey twice accused Russian aircraft in violation of airspace. In Ankara said that these incidents occurred on 3 and 4 October. On 5 October, the Russian Ambassador received a protest note. Later the Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said that the violation of airspace by Russian aircraft was a “mistake”. The Russian defense Ministry explained the incident to bad weather conditions.
October 5, the NATO Council called Russia’s actions “irresponsible” and pointed to “the extreme danger of these actions.” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Moscow had much to lose if her friendship with Ankara will stop.
In addition to incidents crossing the Turkish border by Russian aircraft in the last two days Ankara has twice reported about interference from an unidentified MiG-29. On Monday, the Turkish General staff reported that unidentified fighter MiG-29 on October 4 in a few minutes pursued by two Turkish F-16 fighter in the area of the Syrian-Turkish border. October 6, the Turkish military announced that on Sunday, October 5, and another MiG-29 were holding eight Turkish fighters on the front sight of the radar for 4 minutes 30 seconds. The Russian defense Ministry has denied involvement in these incidents, stating that “aircraft at the airbase Hamim no”.
Russia’s envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko expressed the view that the incident with infringement by the Russian planes of air space in Turkey was used to turn NATO into a media campaign, in which the operation target of Russia in Syria are distorted.