Russia refutes allegations that Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace

Moscow, SANA – The Russian Defense Ministry denied allegations by the Turkish regime that a Russian warplane violated Turkey’s airspace, asserting that these claims are unfounded propaganda.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that “There have been no violations of Turkish airspace by jets of the Russian Air Force deployed in Syria,” adding that the statement of the Turkish side regarding the alleged violation by a Russian Su-34 is “unfounded propaganda.”

Konashenkov pointed out that Turkish specialists and air defense forces are fully aware that the radars that monitor Turkish airspace can only determine the altitude and speed of an aircraft, and no radar of that sort can pinpoint a state’s airspace, adding that determining if an aircraft has violated the Turkish airspace in this case can only be done by another aircraft that is close, which wasn’t the case.

He also denied the claims that Turkish radars warned the Russian pilot of the plane involved in this supposed incident.

Back in November 24, 2015, the Turkish regime violated Syrian sovereignty by shooting down a Russian Su-24 warplane over Syrian territories while the plane was returning from a mission against ISIS. Moscow described Turkey’s act against the plane as a stab in the back by a force that supports terrorism.

Hazem Sabbagh

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