Turkish Air Force intercepted Russian military aircraft which entered the airspace in the south of the country, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey stated.
The incident occurred on Saturday, October 3, at 12:08 Kyiv time in the southern district of Yayladağı of Hatay province, Hurriyet Daily reported.
“The Russian aircraft exited Turkish airspace into Syria after it was intercepted by two F-16s from the Turkish Air Force, which were conducting patrols in the region,” said in a statement
In this regard, Russia's ambassador Andrey Karlov to Turkey was summoned to the Foreign Ministry where he was handed a note in connection with the flight of military aircraft of the Russian Federation.
"The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Muhtar Gun handed Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov a note after the Turkish authorities accused the Russian Federation aircraft in violation of Turkish airspace. On Monday, Turkish Foreign Ministry said that military aircraft of the Russian Federation on Saturday violated the airspace of the Turkish side Syria near Yayladağı, Hatay province, "RIA Novosti stated.
The ministry expressed protest due to the violation and demanded from Russia that such incidents were not repeated. In addition, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu called to his Russian opposite member, Sergey Lavrov, to lodge a protest. Also, the counterparts from US, UK, France and Italy were notified about the incident. Turkish Foreign Ministry is planning to consult on the situation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and German Foreign Ministry.