Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace on two occasions over the weekend has caused consternation in Ankara.
The Turkish foreign ministry said fighter jets had been scrambled following a Russian incursion into its airspace.
In a separate incident Turkish military officials claimed a Russian Mig fighter locked its radar on Turkish F-16s over Turkey’s border with Syria.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes the incursions are not without mischief: “For us this doesn’t look as an accident. This is a serious violation of the airspace. And actually there were two violations during the weekend. So that just adds to the fact that this doesn’t look like an accident.”
Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to Turkey twice on Saturday and again on Monday to explain.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu chaired a high level security meeting in order to coordinate a response.
The Russian ministry of defence admitted a plane had entered Turkish airspace as result of poor weather and had taken the necessary steps to ensure it would not happen again.
Moscow added that it was not involved in the second incident as Mig fighters are not deployed in Syria.