The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that Russian military aircraft violated the airspace of the country. The incident happened on October 3 in the Yayladagi region of Turkey’s southern Hatay province. The Russian jet was intercepted by two fighters F-16S from the Turkish air force, which were conducting patrols in the region. Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador in Turkey to protest the violation, reports Joinfo.ua with reference to Reuters.
Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu discuss the incident with the Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and with key partners in NATO.
It ahould be recalled that Russia has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 30, 2015. That day the Federal Council of the State Duma of the Russian Federation supported by 162 votes the Resolution on the use of Russian Armed Forces outside the territory of Russia, introduced by the President Vladimir Putin. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “At the request of the Syrian government, we’re helping them to fight ISIS and other terrorist groups.”
After first strikes Syrian opposition stated that Russians bomb not ISIS-controlled areas but opposition’ facilities, residential areas and even the hospital. U.S. and allies accused Russia on targeting not just ISIS but other groups opposed to Bashar Assad’s regime.
Later Turkish Foreign Ministry published a joint declaration, in which seven countries – Turkey, the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – called on Russia to cease to bomb Syria.
“We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs and Idlib since yesterday which led to civilian casualties and did not target ISIS.”
“These military actions constitute a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization,” said the statement, which was on the website of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.