Russia Defense Ministry explains why it violated Turkish airspace
YEREVAN, OCTOBER 6, ARMENPRESS. Turkey said it intercepted a Russian jet that violated its airspace over the weekend.
“Armenpress” reports, referring to CNN that the country called in the Russian ambassador and lodged a strong condemnation of the violation, Turkey's foreign ministry said in a statement Monday.
"The Russian Federation will be responsible for any undesired incident that may occur," the ministry warned.
The incident occurred Saturday in the Yayladagi region of Turkey's southern Hatay province.
"The Russian aircraft exited Turkish airspace into Syria after it was intercepted by two F-16s from the Turkish air force, which were conducting patrols in the region."
A spokesman for Russia's defense ministry dismissed any idea that the incident was anything nefarious, stating flight patterns that change "under certain weather conditions" might help explain what happened.
"This current incident is a result of bad weather conditions in this region," spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters. "You shouldn't look for conspiracy theories."
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday the violation was "a mistake," according to the semiofficial Anadolu news agency.
"Our foreign minister called the Russian foreign minister and said clearly that this should not be repeated," Anadolu quoted Davutoglu as saying in an interview with Haberturk TV. "The information from Russia this morning was that this happened by mistake and that they respect Turkish borders and that it will not be repeated.
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