The tension between Turkey and Russia are on the rise. The consequences could be catastrophic if this trend continues.
Turkey have raised the alert level for the Air Force to the “orange warning”, which authorises pilots to shoot down any aircraft they feel is causing an airspace violation.
Another downing of a Russian airplane in the region could the military tension between the two nations escalate to dangerous levels.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Russia of “consequences” if it continues to violate Turkish airspace.
He blamed Russia for acting “irresponsibly” and escalating the tension in the region, while emphasizing that the issue was closely followed by NATO.
“These kinds of irresponsible acts not only damage NATO-Russian relations but also the regional and global peace,” the president stressed, as his country is a NATO member.
In a written statement, the ministry said Turkish air force warned the Russian aircraft several times on Friday in Russian and English, adding that the violation is also a new and concrete indicator of Moscow’s actions which aims at “accelerating problems despite open warnings by our country and by NATO.”
In Moscow on Saturday, Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov dismissed Turkey’s accusations as “baseless propaganda,” saying that there has not been a single violation of Turkish airspace by Russia air force planes in Syria.