February 1, 2016 / 1:11 PM / 2 years ago

Russia's military says Turkey's airspace violation claim a 'provocation'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkey's allegations that a Russian warplane violated its airspace are not backed by any factual data and are a premeditated provocation, Russia's Defence Ministry said on Monday.

"The hysteria launched by the Turkish side that we define as 'unsubstantiated propaganda' looks pretty much like a premeditated provocation," the ministry's spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement.

Russia's military is in possession of a video, provided by Syria's general staff of the armed forces and a Syrian opposition group, which shows "a Turkish artillery battery shelling a Syrian frontier village", the statement said.

It said Russia's Defence Ministry was awaiting a prompt explanation from NATO, the Pentagon and the Turkish armed forces on the shelling incident.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alexander Winning

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