NATO on Alleged Turkey Airspace Violation: There Are Pictures, but They’re Classified

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

2nd February, 2016


A NATO spokesman, who requested anonymity, claims that the Alliance has evidence that the Russian combat Su-34 aircraft violated the border of Turkey. According to him, this data is classified and cannot be presented to the public.

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The images that supposedly prove the violation of Russian combat aircraft of the Syrian-Turkish border, are secret, said the representative of NATO, who wished to remain anonymous, to RIA Novosti on Monday.

“According to our information, Russian military aircraft violated the air border of Turkey on Friday. Images of the violation are classified”, — said the agency’s interlocutor.

Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said a Su-34 of the Russian Federation violated the airspace of Turkey on Friday at 11.46 (12.46 GMT). A similar statement was made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. A representative of the Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, stated that there were no violations of its airspace by aircraft of the Russian air group in Syria, and the statements of the Turkish side are “unfounded propaganda.” According to Konashenkov, the Russian air defenses in Syria, nor the Syrian radar control of the airspace detected any violations of the Syrian-Turkish border.

Also, according to Konashenkov, Ankara, despite numerous statements by Turkish representatives, provided no evidence of a violation by a Russian aircraft on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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