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Turkey warns Russia over airspace violation

A frame grab taken from footage released October 1, 2015, shows a Russian military jet taxiing on runway shortly after the landing in Syria. (File: Reuters)

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk | Istanbul, Reuters
Monday, 5 October 2015

Turkey said on Monday it had summoned Russia’s ambassador to protest the violation of its airspace by one of its warplanes and was told it was a “mistake” that would not happen again.

Turkey, which has the second-largest army in NATO, scrambled two F-16 jets on Saturday after a Russian warplane crossed into its airspace near the province of Hatay, which borders Syria, the foreign ministry said.

In a second incident, the Turkish military said a MiG-29 fighter jet -- an aircraft used by both Russia and Syria -- had harassed two of its F-16s by locking its radar on to them on Sunday as they patrolled the border.

Speaking in a live interview on HaberTurk TV, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Moscow of escalating the Syrian crisis by entering the conflict.

Russian air strikes in Syria, launched last week, have wrong-footed both the United States and its allies including Turkey, which says lasting peace can only be achieved with President Bashar al-Assad’s removal. Moscow says its intervention aims to weaken Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, but Ankara and Western powers see it as support for Assad.

“What we have received from Russia this morning is that this was a mistake and that they respect Turkey’s borders and this will not happen again,” Davutoglu said of Saturday’s airspace violation, making clear Turkey would respond if provoked.

“Turkey’s rules of engagement apply to all planes, be they Syrian, Russian or from elsewhere. Turkey’s armed forces are very clearly instructed. Necessary steps would be taken against whoever violates Turkey’s borders, even if it’s a bird,” he said in the interview.

“For Russia, which long opposed foreign intervention in Syria and blocked U.N. Security Council resolutions, to be actively involved in Syria is both a contradiction and a move that has escalated the crisis.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Washington was conferring with Turkey about the incursion. Speaking during a trip to Spain, he also compared Moscow’s effort to bolster Assad to tethering itself to a sinking ship.

“By taking military action in Syria against moderate groups targets, Russia has escalated the civil war,” Carter said in a speech in Madrid.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Russia’s actions as a “grave mistake.”

“Assad has committed state terrorism, and unfortunately you find Russia and Iran defending (him),” Erdogan was quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper as telling a crowd of supporters in Strasbourg, France, late on Sunday.

“Those countries that collaborate with the regime will account for it in history,” he said.

The Turkish foreign ministry said it had summoned Moscow’s ambassador to protest the violation and urged Russia against any repeat, warning that it would be held “responsible for any undesired incident that may occur.”

Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, as well as key NATO partners, the statement said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the Russian ambassador had been summoned, telling reporters that “some facts were mentioned there which are to be checked”. There was no emergency meeting planned between Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Peskov said.

“(The) Russian incursion into Turkish airspace raises stakes in what is already a high risk situation,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Twitter, calling on Moscow to desist.

Last Update: Monday, 5 October 2015 KSA 16:31 - GMT 13:31
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/05/Turkey-says-Russian-warplane-violated-its-airspace.html
 

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lol what a soft response. Turkey should bring down any jets that violate its air space wether by mistake or not.
 

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I may really be ignorant when it comes to military talks because it is surprising to me that Turkey has the second largest army in NATO. So that means the warning should be heeded because Turkey has the muscle.

Now I see why ISIS is still prospering. Those concerned countries have conflicting interests - some want Assad out and some don't. With the present civil war, the Syrians are the ones losing.
 

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I thought Turkey and Russia were great "friends." All that support against sanctions . . .

Apparently even the best of friends can disagree on some issues. The Syrian conflict is going to be the ultimate test to determine which nations are allies and which ones aren't.

I wonder which side China will be supporting when they wade in . . .

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news/content?id=20151004000115&cid=1101
China has indicated that it might be willing to join the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group in Syria and Iraq as part of an international coalition within the United Nations framework, according to Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet.
 

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Well we all know Turkey will never shoot down a Russian fighter jet so why are they even bothering with the lip service? They are all scared of Russia and therefore they will just have to sit back as Russia do as it pleases in the middle east and Syria.
 

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Remember Turkey is a NATO member state. If Russia messes with Turkey then they have to be prepared for war with NATO. Because they have NATO's support if they wanted to, they could shoot down a Russian warplane but they won't because of existing trade ties.
 

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I reckon the friendship is only for benefits and they both have the support of each other and hope it does not lead to any violence and this situation was handled in a nice way and, hope it remains this way and Russia has apologized for the mistake which is good. I don't think the war will be good for both sides if they fight each other as it could lead to problems in the future and both sides have technology and big armies, which should be used for a common goal and get rid of the armies who are threats. I reckon the important thing is to fight the ISIS who are a threat against the world and want to cause terror where they go and not afraid to do anything to do it.
 

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This is starting to become a very volatile situation and what with the differing ideals of the various nations involved coming into play this sort of thing is really not needed at all.

Could it have been a navigational error? I know it's happened twice now but pilots are new to the region so that's why I have the question on my mind.
 

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Erdogan warns Russia on energy ties

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan talks to the media before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussel. (AP)

By Reuters | Istanbul
Thursday, 8 October 2015

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russia there were other places Turkey could get natural gas and other countries that could build its first nuclear plant, in the wake of Russian incursions into Turkish air space during its air campaign in Syria.

Russian aircraft twice entered Turkish air space at the weekend. Turkish F-16 jets have also been harassed by Syrian-based missile systems and unidentified planes since then.

“We can’t accept the current situation. Russia’s explanations on the air space violations are not convincing,” the Turkish daily Sabah and others quoted Erdogan as telling reporters as he flew to Japan for an official visit.

He said he was resentful over what had happened but did not currently plan to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“These are matters for Russia to think about. If the Russians don’t build the Akkuyu (nuclear plant in southern Turkey) another will come and build it,” he said.

Turkey in 2013 commissioned Russia’s state-owned Rosatom to build four 1,200-megawatt reactors, but a start date for what is Turkey’s first nuclear power plant project has not yet been set.

“We are Russia’s number one natural gas consumer. Losing Turkey would be a serious loss for Russia. If necessary, Turkey can get its natural gas from many different places,” he said.

Around 28-30 billion cubic metres (bcm) of Turkey’s 50 bcm annual natural gas needs are met by Russia.

Last Update: Thursday, 8 October 2015 KSA 14:37 - GMT 11:37
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/08/Turkey-s-Erdogan-warns-Russia-on-nuclear-project-natural-gas.html
 
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