Published on Jan 30, 2016
Moscow has dismissed as baseless Ankara’s claims that Russian aircraft have violated Turkish airspace again. Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Kona-shenkov said the allegation is only propaganda. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier warned Russia of consequences if it keeps violating Turkey’s sovereignty. The warning came shortly after the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the Russian aircraft had entered Turkey’s airspace on Friday, despite radar warnings. Meanwhile, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said that Russia must fully respect the military alliance’s airspace. Relations between the two countries soured in November when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian bomber that was engaged in the war against terrorists in Syria. Ankara said the SU24 had violated its airspace. Moscow denied the allegation and deployed its most advanced air defense system S400 near the border.