NATO slams Russian air violation

WASHINGTON - The secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization condemned Tuesday in strong terms the violation of Turkish airspace by Russian planes, as he said a second incursion by Russian planes had been confirmed.

"Russian combat aircraft have violated Turkish airspace," Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, according to the NATO website. "This is unacceptable."

Stoltenberg elaborated in a news conference, saying that the incursions had happened more than once.

"It doesn't look like an accident and we also have seen two of them, two violations of Turkish airspace," said Stoltenberg. "Intelligence that we have received provides me with reason to say it doesn't look like an accident."

The first violation of Turkey's airspace is reported to have happened on Saturday. The second, officials say, took place on Sunday.

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