No Proof of Russian Warplane Violating Turkish Airspace - Russian MoD
16:22 01.02.2016(updated 16:24 01.02.2016)
Turkey has not provided Moscow with any evidence supporting Ankara's claim of an alleged Turkish airspace violation by a Russian warplane, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The alleged incident involving a Russian Su-34 fighter bomber took place on Friday, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which also said the plane was warned by Turkish air radar units.
'We thoroughly studied in the past 24 hours all objective control data on flights over northern Syria. No violations of the Syrian-Turkish border by Russian warplanes have been registered. And that's a fact,' ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry denied the claim and said no such violation had actually happened. Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov dismissed Ankara's statement as 'naked propaganda.'
'Moreover, despite numerous claims by Turkish officials, no factual data has been handed over through diplomatic or any other channels to anybody,' Konashenkov stressed.
On November 24, a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber with two pilots on board over Syria. Ankara claimed it had downed the Russian warplane as it had allegedly violated Turkish airspace. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command have confirmed that the Russian jet never crossed into Turkish airspace.
In response to Ankara's 'stab in the back,' as the incident has been described by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow imposed a number of economic measures on Turkey.
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