Erdogan warns Russia will face “consequences” over airspace breach

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ANKARA, Jan 30 (KUNA) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday Russia that it will “face all consequences” if it continues violating Turkish airspace.
Speaking during a pre-departure news conference to Chile on an official visit, Erdogan said “Russian fighter jet violation of Turkish airspace late Friday is part of Moscow’s endeavors to escalate tension.” He added a violation of Turkish airspace by Russia is a violation of NATO airspace.
These “irresponsible acts” will neither be in favor of Russia, its relations with NATO nor peace in the region and the world, he noted.
He expressed his country’s concern over airstrikes launched by Russian aircraft on posts near Turkish borders inside Syria, indicating that these airstrikes do not target terrorism, but support Bashar Al-Assad regime.
Turkish foreign ministry earlier today summoned Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in protest to what it considered to be a breach of its airspace by a Russian fighter jet.
According to a ministry statement, A Russian SUآ­34 jet has violated Turkish airspace despite radar warnings in both Russian and English languages. (Pickup previous)