Turkey has closed its airspace to Russian civilian and armed forces planes flying to Syria, Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was once quoted as announcing Saturday through native media.
The announcement marks one of the crucial most powerful responses to this point through Turkey, which has cultivated shut ties with Moscow regardless of being a member of the NATO defence alliance, to Russia’s two-month army attack on Ukraine.
“We closed the airspace to Russia’s army planes — or even civilian ones — flying to Syria. They’d till April, and we requested in March,” Turkish media quoted Cavusoglu as announcing.
Cavusoglu mentioned he conveyed the verdict to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who then relayed it to President Vladimir Putin.
“One or two days later, they mentioned: Putin has issued an order, we can now not fly anymore,” Cavusoglu was once quoted as telling Turkish journalists aboard his airplane to Uruguay.
Cavusoglu added that the ban would keep in position for 3 months.
There was once no quick reaction to Turkey’s announcement from Russia, which at the side of Iran has been a a very powerful supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the war-torn nation’s civil conflict.
Turkey has sponsored Syrian rebels throughout the warfare.
Ankara’s family members with Moscow in short imploded after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane close to the Turkish-Syrian border in 2015.
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