Turkish jets ‘harassed by MIG-29’ on Syrian border


Turkish jets were harassed by an unidentified MIG-29’ aircraft and put on radar lock on the Syrian border. The incident happened few days after Russian fighter jets violated Turkish airspace, the Turkish military forces said on Tuesday.

“Eight Turkish jets carried out survey over the Syrian-Turkish border and during this mission, our aircraft were held on a radar lock by MIG-29 for four minutes and thirty seconds,” the military said in a statement.

Radar locks out permits missile systems to follow a target.

“In another incident, the same Turkish aircraft were also “harassed” by a missile system set up in Syria for four minutes and fifteen seconds,” the army added.

The army did not give further detail about the type of the harassment from the Russian missile systems or whether there was any danger posed to Turkish jets.

Russian jets infringed Turkish airspace during the weekend, prompting Turkey to summon the Russian ambassador to the foreign ministry to protest the breach.

The army did not say that unidentified MIG-29 was a Russian jet. It had also complained almost similar incident concerning an unidentified MIG-29 which took place on Sunday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cautioned Russian on Tuesday that their friendship will be lost and his country will not be “patient” in the face of violations of its air space.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s chief, accused Moscow of intentionally violating Turkish airspace during its air strike campaign in Syria.

While in Belgium, Turkish President welcomes NATO’s assistance if Russian continues violating its air space. He pointedly warned Russian that if the violations continue, their good relationship will go into a deep freeze.

“If Russian attacks Turkey they are attacking NATO,” Erdogan said. “Russian will lose a lot if it loses a friend like Turkey.”

Carmen Romero, NATO spokesman, said that NATO generals would be communicating to their Russian counterparts about Turkish air space violations.