Stoltenberg Says Russian Airspace Violation ’Not An Accident’

NATO said Russia’s violations of Turkish airspace appeared to be deliberate provocations and lasted longer than earlier Russian probes of allied territory.

“This doesn’t look like an accident, the violation lasted for a long time compared to previous violations of airspace,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday. He said the Kremlin has offered “not any real explanation” for the two weekend incidents.

“Incidents, accidents may create dangerous situations,” Stoltenberg said. He called on Russia to stop targeting civilians and Syria’s legitimate opposition, and to avoid coming into conflict with U.S.-led forces fighting Islamic State in Syria.

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