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Newsline: Russian envoy summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry once again

Turkish Foreign Ministry (MFA) said in a written statement on Wednesday that the Russian ambassador was summoned to the Ministry once again, and was told that Turkish and Russian officials can hold a meeting in Ankara to prevent further airspace violations from happening in the future. “It has been strongly emphasized to the Russian embassador that what is essential is that violations into Turkish airspace do not repeat themselves,” the Foreign Ministry’s statement said. The Russian ambassador was also reportedly summoned on Saturday and Monday over the incidents. The Kremlin said Tuesday it hopes the violation of Turkish airspace by Russian fighter jets does not affect the countries’ relationship. Moscow has claimed the violations were due to bad weather while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the incursions were not accidental.



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