Turkey threatens Putin with ‘unwanted consequences’ after Russian jet ‘violates’ airspace

Saturday, January 30, 2016
By Paul Martin

THE Turkish foreign ministry has said Russia could face “unwanted consequences” after one of its jets violated Turkish airspace.

Sat, Jan 30, 2016

An official has claimed any action taken as a result would be “Russia’s responsibility.”

The Russian ambassador has been summoned to condemn the violation after the incident which allegedly happened yesterday.

According to the ministry, a Russian SU-34 jet violated Turkish airspace on Friday despite radar warnings.

The ministry said in a statement that the violation was a clear sign that Russia wanted issues between the two countries to escalate.

Tensions have been high between Russia and Turkey, since the Turkish airforce downed a Russian fighter jet over Syria last year.

After Su-24 was downed in November, Vladimir Putin said Moscow had grounds to suspect the plane was attacked by Turkish jets to secure illegal oil deliveries on an “industrial scale” from Syria to Turkey.

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet downed the Su-24 warplane after claiming that it violated Turkish airspace for just 17 seconds, despite repeated warning in the minutes prior to the incursion.

However Moscow vehemently rejects the claims, saying that according to its military intelligence the SU-24 never left Syrian airspace.

Syrian Turkmen rebels killed one of the two pilots as he attempted to parachute down., while the second pilot was rescued.Oone marine was also killed during the rescue operation.

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