Turkey: NATO radars confirmed Russian jet’s airspace violation

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Turkey reported that NATO radars detected a Russian Su-34 warplane violating its airspace.

Russian Su-34
Russian Su-34

“Russia can not cover up its violation of our airspace. It’s not possible to hide such an incident if it did happen, or to make up a violation if it didn’t happen,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Jan. 31.

Turkey said on Jan. 30 that the Russian jet had violated its airspace despite warnings. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov dismissed the allegation as “pure propaganda.”

In November, Turkey shot down a Russian Su-34 after claiming it had violated Turkish airspace, triggering a diplomatic crisis in which Moscow imposed economic sanctions on Ankara.

“Turkey has absolutely no intention of escalating tension with Russia, but we remain sensitive about protecting our airspace,” Davutoglu said.