October 6, 2022

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Turkey closes its airspace for Russian flights to Syria

Turkish media reported on Saturday that Turkey had closed its airspace to Russian flights to Syria, citing Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. “We have closed airspace from Russia to military and civilian aircraft,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said, noting the reason for the decision.

The head of Turkish diplomacy said he had sent it to his Russian ally Sergei LavrovSent him to President Vladimir Putin.

The Turkish minister said the ban would be valid for three months and the approvals would be renewed quarterly.

Russia, one of the main supporters of the Damascus regime since the start of the civil war in 2011, has not acted immediately. For some experts, the closure of Turkish airspace risks complicating the mission of the Russian military, which is in Syria.

Turkey, a member of NATO and an ally of Ukraine, has been trying to mediate between Moscow and Qing since the start of the war in Ukraine, and has refused to join Western sanctions against Russia. With the Kremlin.

Turkey has twice held direct talks between the two sides. March 10 at the ministerial level in Antalya (South) and March 29 in Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan It has moved closer to Moscow in recent years after a series of setbacks and tensions with the West.

The two countries were able to overcome the crisis even after the shooting down of a Russian warplane by Turkey in 2015.

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