Russia, Turkey in new row over alleged airspace violation

Russian President Vladimir has been informed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants a “personal conversation” after an alleged violation of Turkish aispace, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday, Sputnik News reports.

The alleged incident involving a Russian Su-34 fighter bomber took place on Friday, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which also said the plane was warned by Turkish air radar units.

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin after the incident.

“Vladimir Putin has been informed of President Erdogan’s wish,” Peskov told journalists.

The Russian Defense Ministry denied the claim and said no such violation had actually happened. Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov dismissed Ankara’s statement as “naked propaganda.”

“I’ll remind you that representatives of the Defense Ministry refuted claims by the Turkish side that one of our planes [violated] Turkish airspace. And that’s what we believe,” Peskov commented on the statement by the Russian Defense Ministry.

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