|Turkish Air Force F-15|
According to NATO, Russian violation of Turkish airspace appears to be deliberate.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the incursions were "unacceptable" and called on Moscow to "avoid escalating tensions," adding: "Russia must deconflict its military activities in Syria." He claimed that an initial assessment of the incidents indicated "that it doesn't look like an accident."
Julian Bray Aviation Expert comments: This really is at the stage when the diplomats must start to earn their corn, with bilateral talks and agreements thrashed out in private so the public side of the arrangement can be signed, sealed and delivered. The Russians know that with President Obama on the way out, the US is at a disadvantage however Europeans still have a say and must put pressure on all parties to present an outwardly united stance against ISIS.
Russian warplanes as well as NATO allies are now flying combat missions over the same country for the first time since World War Two, with Moscow repeatedly targeting insurgents trained and armed by allies of Washington.
Russia says it is targeting ISIS, but members of the anti-Assad coalition — including Washington, European powers, Turkey and most Arab states — say Moscow has mainly targeted other insurgents.
Sources CNS, NBC, AP
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