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Turkish jets intercept Russian warplane that entered it’s airspace

Turkish F-16 fighter jets were scrambled after a Russian warplane violated Turkey’s air space on Saturday, the foreign ministry said.


Russia said the incident was a “navigational error” and that it has “clarified” the matter to Ankara.

Turkish jets patrolling the border were also “harassed” by an unidentified plane on Sunday, Turkey said.

Russia has been carrying out air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey, a Nato member, has called the Russian strikes a “grave mistake”.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “We’re greatly concerned about it because it is precisely the kind of thing that, had Turkey responded under its rights, could have resulted in a shoot-down.”

Representatives of Nato’s 28 member states will meet later to discuss the incursion into Turkey.

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