Turkey has summoned the Russian envoy, claiming a Russian fighter jet has violated its airspace, Dogan news agency reports.
According to Ankara, the incident involving a Russian Su-34 took place Friday. Several warnings in Russian and in English were allegedly sent to the jet.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the incident in a statement Saturday, calling it “a type of irresponsible behavior” and warned that they would hold Russia “fully responsible” for any potential “undesirable dire consequences” that may arise.
The ministry also said it views the alleged violation as a clear sign that Russia is seeking to escalate the already existing tensions.
The Russian embassy in Ankara confirms the envoy has been summoned.
“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.