According to the foreign press, on March 15, a squadron of the Turkish fighters flew to intercept a Russian military aircraft. Russian IL-20 was very close to the Turkish airspace, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Reuters news agency.
According to Reuters, the Russian IL-20 was originally in the neutral air zone over the Black Sea on the side of the waters of Georgia. It was carrying out the mission parallel to the Turkish airspace from west to east at an average distance of 12-25 nautical miles from the coast.
In order not to aggravate the situation and not allow the Russian pilots to violate the Turkish airspace, two Turkish F-16 fighter planes first made a warning flight, and then took a sight on the aircraft in international airspace northward. Another two Turkish F-16 military fighters also watched the flight of the Russian aircraft in international airspace.
The Russian IL-20 left the neutral airspace without violating the borders of Turkey.