Russian warplane intercepted by Turkish fighter jets due to violation of airspace

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Turkey intercepted a Russian jet that violated its air space over the weekend.

The country called in the Russian ambassador and lodged a strong condemnation of the violation,
Turkey’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

“The Russian Federation will be responsible for any undesired incident that may occur,” the ministry warned.

The incident occurred on 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.”

Turkey and Russia are at odds regarding the bloody civil war raging in Syria.

Ankara’s position is that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has to go for the conflict to end while Moscow backs the Syrian leader and has begun airstrikes
that it says are against ISIS militants.

Moscow announced over the weekend that it was intensifying the airstrikes, which started September 30.

Over the last 24 hours, Russian Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25 planes hit nine ISIS targets in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

It said the air force had used “pinpoint strikes” against ISIS facilities in Hama, Homs, Idlib and
Latakia provinces.

Targets destroyed included an ISIS command center, communications center, training camp and
ammunition depots as well as artillery weapons and vehicles, the ministry said.

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