Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia that it continues to violate the airspace of Turkey, according to Reuters. The corresponding statement Erdogan made during the meeting with local authorities in Ankara. Erdoghan’s speech was broadcast live.
According to the Turkish President, Russia has “occasionally” does not refrain from violation of the air border of Turkey.
“From time to time, [Russia] refrained from repeating the violations of the airspace,” said Erdogan (quoted by CNN Turk). While the Turkish President stressed that Turkey is not an enemy, “neither Russia nor the Russian people”. Erdogan did not specify exactly when and where there has been repeated violations of its airspace by Russian aircraft.
Over the past three months Turkey has twice accused Russia of violating its airspace on 29 January and 24 November. On January 29, Turkey accused the Russian bomber su-34 in the violation of air border. Ankara claimed that the pilot was warned in English and Russian languages.Moscow has rejected the charges and demanded proofs.
“After that, President erdoğan attempts to communicate with Vladimir Putin by phone that the Russian side does not respond,” — said later the press-Secretary of Erdogan Ibrahim Kalin.
Erdogan also stated the need to meet with Russian President in connection with another incident. According to him, he asked the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry to convey to Moscow this wish. Later, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Putin was told about inititative Erdogan, however, Peskov declined to talk about the reaction of the Russian leader.
Relations between Russia and Turkey escalated after November 24, 2015 fighters of the Turkish air force has shot down a Russian su-24 bomber on the Turkish-Syrian border. Ankara stated that the Russian plane violated the airspace of Turkey, and its crew did not respond to, and repeated warnings. Moscow denied these accusations. As a result of blow Turkish military aircraft Russian plane crashed in Syria.
The pilots managed to eject, one of them was killed during the shelling from the ground by the Syrian rebels. During the rescue operation for rescuing another pilot, was killed by Russian infantry. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin called the Turkish air force act “a stab in the back” from “supporters of terrorists”. In response to this incident, Russia introduced against Turkey economic sanctions.