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Turkey shot down allegedly Russian drone near Syria

Today Turkish fighter jets shot down a drone in Turkish air space near Syria, allegedly of Russian origin
Turkey shot down allegedly Russian drone near Syria

The Russian defense ministry said that all its drones were operating “as planned” and none was lost, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Reuters.

The drone was shot down while it continued flying in Turkish air space despite three warnings to leave, the Turkish military has claimed.

It was brought down around 2 miles inside Turkish air space.

The nationality of the unknown object is not yet known, but a US official has claimed that America suspects it was a Russian drone.

“It’s a drone. We are trying to identify its nationality,” – a senior Turkish government official said.

A U.S. official told Reuters that Washington suspected it was a Russian drone, but said the information was still preliminary and declined to give any more details.

It should be recalled that the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported twice that Russian military aircraft violated the country’s airspace. Russia’s ambassador was summoned to protest.

Later two U.S. military aircraft had to change flight course over Syria to ensure they could stay in a safe distance from a Russian fighter aircraft, Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman said.

The two planes were F-16s that had departed from Turkey’s Incirlik air base and were on their way to a location near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, a senior defense official said. The U.S. aircraft that diverted were not able to complete their mission, the official said.