Russia: 'bad weather' made jet violate Turkish airpace

Moscow says Russian fighter jet violated Turkish air space because of 'bad weather conditions'

Russia: 'bad weather' made jet violate Turkish airpace

World Bulletin / News Desk

Moscow has indicated Monday that the Russian fighter jet that violated Turkish air space did so because of "bad weather conditions". 

Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov made the statement late Monday following worldwide criticism after a Russian fighter jet was intercepted by Turkish warplanes after violating Turkey’s air space Saturday.

"The S-30 Russian fighter jet completing his planned flight on Oct. 3 entered into Turkish airspace for several seconds while it was maneuvering over mountainside to return to the Himeymim airbase," Konashenkov stated.

The Russian plane had crossed into the southern province of Hatay.

The spokesman added that the incident was by no means a type of plot.

Russia began flying combat missions over Syria on Sept. 30 following an escalation in its military support for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Despite claiming to be targeting ISIL, the U.S. and its allies have complained of Russian airstrikes on “moderate” forces fighting Assad.

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