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Tension runs high between Russia, Turkey over airspace breach

  • Violations of Turkish airspace by Russian fighter planes deployed in Syria have raised alarm bells in Turkey, prompting NATO to issue a warning against Russia. On Tuesday, the Turkish military issued a statement saying that a squadron of F-16 jets on patrol duty on Monday were radar-locked by a Russia-made MIG-29 over the Turkish-Syrian border. The incident followed Russia's violations for twice of Turkish airspace over the weekend. A Su-30 bomber crossed the Syrian-Turkish border for a few seconds on Saturday. Russia said the incursion was a mistake due to unfavourable weather conditions, adding that other alleged violations are under investigation. NATO, however, said the Russian violation appeared to be deliberate. (Source: IANS)