Turkish UN Ambassador: Russia has been avoiding direct contact

“Violation of Turkish airspace on January 29 is a yet another concrete example of Russia’s continuing to escalate tensions,” Khalit Cevit said.

9 February 2016 16:33

According to Turkish UN Ambassador Khalit Cevik, Russia is constantly escalating tension between the two countries by violating Turkish airspace. In a letter to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General, the Turkish diplomat reports a yet another violation of Turkish airspace committed by a Russian fighter jet, which was detected by Turkish air defense systems on January 29.

In a letter published on the UN website on February 3, Cervik claims that despite the gross violation committed by Russia, Turkey has been seeking contact at the highest level.

“After the January 29 incident, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian Ambassador in Ankara to protest violation of Turkish airspace. Following the incident, the Turkish side suggested that the presidents of both countries had a telephone conversation. Unfortunately, after the November 24 incident, the Russian side has been avoiding any direct contact like this.

We are once again urging Russia to act responsibly and refrain from violating Turkish airspace, which is also NATO’s airspace. We emphasize that such actions may entail serious implications, for which Russia will be made solely accountable,” reads the letter.

Responding to the letter, Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin referred to the accusations the Turkish Ambassador made as ‘a propaganda ploy’ and ‘Ankara’s desire to detract attention of the international community from Turkey’s destructive actions in Syria’.