Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pengaton Confirms: Russians Violated Turkish and NATO Airspace

Pentagon, for the first time, confirmed that indeed Russian fighter jet breached Turkish airspace, as reported by Turkish authorities yesterday.

DoD spokesman Mark Wright, when asked whether US can confirm that Russians indeed breached Turkish airspace as NATO's, confirmed that Russians violated Turkish and NATO airspace. Wright sent this confirmation:

"We are aware of reports and can confirm that yesterday another Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish - and NATO - airspace.

As we have stated after past incidents, the United States joins NATO in standing in solidarity with Turkey, and we call on Russia to respect Turkish airspace and cease activities that risk further heightening instability in the region.

It is important that the Russians and Turks talk to each other and take measures to prevent escalation‎."

NATO General Secretary Stoltenberg also made a statement yesterday, confirming Turkish claims that Russian jet violated Turkish airspace and called on Russia to act ''responsibly'' and ''fully respect NATO airspace.''

Russian Defense Ministry denied any Russian jet breached Turkish airspace yesterday.

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