Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the president of Turkey, has given a warning to Russia that it will be solely responsible and will be forced to face the consequences of the violations that it has been making to the Turkish airspace.
Highlights to this ‘airspace breach’ between Turkey & Russia-
1. Why was a warning issue?
The Turkish president Erdogan, gave this warning on Saturday. This came hours after Turkey proclaimed that a Russian SU-34 jet had again violated the Turkish border despite warnings. However, Russia denied that there had been any incursion.
2. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also called on Russia
Jens Stoltenberg also called on Russia and asked them to act responsibly and to fully respect the NATO airspace. He also advised Russia to take steps to calm and de-escalate the tensions between Moscow and Ankara. Jens added that NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey and supports the territorial integrity of our ally, Turkey.
3. Similar incident took place in November 2015
This incident is a similar to the incident which took place in Nov 2015. A Russian warplane flying a sortie over Syria was shot down, after it has violated turkey’s airspace. This incident has triggered a diplomatic rupture in which Russia imposed economic sanctions. This new incident had now come two months post this Nov 2015 incident.
4. Russian SU-34 ignored warnings
The Foreign Ministry of Turkey said that the Russian SU-34 had crossed into Turkish airspace on Friday. Despite of several warnings they ignored and entered the Turkish airspace. The warnings were given both in Russian and English languages by the Turkish radar units.
5. Russia Leader didn’t respond to Erdogan
The Turkish president Erdogan made an attempt to reach the Russian President Vladimir Putin. He wanted the meeting to discuss the issue, but that the Russian leader did not respond to his attempt.
6. Russia Claims the allegations as ‘unfounded propaganda’
The defence ministry of Russian denied that it violated the Turkish airspace and called all the Ankara’s allegations as “unfounded propaganda.’ They used the social media and posted on Facebook that there were no violations made by the planes of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic.
There was no immediate comment received from Moscow post this incident. Turkish President Erdogan has accused Russia of taking really “irresponsible steps” which will harm the global peace.