Turkey warned of consequences after saying a Russian SU-34 jet had violated its airspace despite warnings, once more stoking tensions between two countries involved in Syria’s war, but Russia denied that there had been any incursion. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in its statement that the Russian ambassador had been summoned late, and that the violation was a clear sign that Russia wanted issues between the two countries to escalate. “We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also NATO airspace,” the statement said. “We are emphasising once again that the unwanted consequences of such irresponsible behaviour will belong fully to the Russian Federation.” In a similar incident in November, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane flying a sortie over Syria that it said had violated its airspace, triggering a diplomatic rupture in which Russia imposed economic sanctions.
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