Turkey States Su-34 Violated Airspace

Turkey has summoned the Russian ambassador, Andrey Karlov, over a possible Su-34 airspace violation on Friday.

Russian Sukhoi Su-34.
Russian Sukhoi Su-34.

According to Turkey, a Russian Su-34 violated Turkey’s airspace after several warnings were issued in Russian and English.

The Russian embassy in Anakara confirmed the ambassador Karlov was summoned. RT reported that the Russian embassy press-secretary confirmed the summoning.

We confirm that the ambassador Andrey Karlov has had a meeting in the Turkish Foreign Ministry,” Igor Mityakov, the press-secretary of the Russian embassy in Ankara, told RIA Novosti following Turkey’s statement. He did not confirm the incident itself and provided no further comment.

Called a “type of irresponsbile behavior” by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Russia would be held “fully responsible” for possible “undesirable dire consequences” that may occur.

“Yesterday there was a violation of our airspace by a Russian aircraft. Such irresponsible steps in which we see an escalation of the crisis are not beneficial either for Russia or the NATO-Russian relations, or regional and global peace,” Erdogan told reporters.

The alledged Su-34 was not intercepted by Turkish F-16s. Last November, a Russian Su-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16 near the Turkish border resulting in the death of the two Su-24 pilots, by machine-gun fire, shortly after they ejected.

Moscow denies Turkish claim

Moscow has denied Turkish claims that one of its Su-34 emtered turkish airspace. RT reported that Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Iror Konashenkov affirmed that no Russian aircraft entered Turkey.

“There have been no Turkish airspace violations by the aircraft of the Russian airborne tactical formation [acting] in the Syrian Arab Republic. The statements from the Turkish side concerning the alleged air incursion by a Russian Su-34 are proof-less propaganda,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Iror Konashenkov said in a statement on Saturday.

A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 in Syria
A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 in Syria

Konashenkov insisted that no radar—Russian or Syrian at least—can confirm what type of aircraft presumably flew in Turkey.

“None of these radars are able to establish the type and affiliation of an aircraft — whether it belongs to Russia or to the so-called US-led anti-ISIL [Daesh] coalition,” Konashenkov told reporters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed the Russian deputy foreign minister of his intention to have a personal conversation with Russian President Vladamir Putin regarding the Friday incident.

“I asked the deputy foreign minister to contact the Russian side, and inform that I want a personal conversation with President [Vladimir] Putin. Our ambassador informed that this information had been transmitted [to the Russian side], but so far we have not received any response,” the Turkish leader said.

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Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.