Ankara has closed Turkish airspace to Russian military and civilian aircraft flying to Syria. This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu.
According to the minister, flight permits were issued each time for three months, the latter expired in April. "Our president [Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] also told [Russian President Vladimir] Putin this. After that, the flights were suspended", TASS quoted him.
The minister pointed out that in this way Ankara "is negotiating with the Russian Federation through dialogue, [implementation] of the Montreux Convention, as well as through other issues".
The diplomat added that Turkey does not participate in anti-Russian sanctions. "If a company [from Russia] wants to do business, it must comply with our laws and international law", Çavuşoğlu said.