DEBKAfile October 6, 2015
After the second Russian violation of Turkish airspace, NATO said Tuesday that “It doesn’t “look like an accident.” Turkish military and NATO sources reported that the second infringement by a Russian SU-24 on its way to air strikes over Syria occurred Sunday over southwest Turkey. The Russian defense ministry apologized for the first violation and said it was accidental.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the incursions were “unacceptable” and called on Moscow to “avoid escalating tensions” with the U.S.-led alliance, adding: “Russia must deconflict its military activities in Syria.”
The United States and NATO denounced Russia over the incidents late Monday, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.
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