Stoltenberg elaborated at a news conference.
“Actually there were two violations during the weekend… the violations were for a long time compared to previous violations of airspace we have seen elsewhere in Europe”, he said. “Intelligence that we have received provides me with reason to say it doesn’t look like an accident”.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said the Russians want broad discussions on worldwide cooperation between Russia and the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State.
“The priority for the Russians is to protect “useful Syria”, said Michel Goya, a military historian at Sciences Po university in Paris, referring to the densely-populated western and coastal parts of the country where Syrian industry and agriculture are concentrated.
The USA proposal includes basic safety protocols, such as maintaining a safe distance between US and Russian aircraft and using common radio frequencies for distress calls, officials say, adding they would be similar to civil aviation.
US officials have been critical of Russia’s entrance into the Syrian conflict and Carter said the latest issues will cause the U.S.to further strengthen its posture against Moscow.
In his toughest remarks yet against Russian Federation in the current crisis, Erdogan accused Moscow and its ally Iran of working to maintain the “state terror” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Stoltenberg said such incursions were “unacceptable” and “may create a risky situation”.
Asked whether their mission would be extended, Stoltenberg said the initial deployment was meant to help defend Turkey against missile attack from Syria. “This should really refocus people’s attention on finding a political solution”.
Meanwhile, the Russian assault in Syria continued unabated.
Syrian state television said Tuesday that Russian warplanes had struck IS targets in and around the ancient city of Palmyra for the first time. The airstrikes hit “ISIS hideouts”, destroying 20 armored vehicles, three ammunition dumps as well as rocket launch pads, the SANA news agency reported, citing unnamed military sources.
Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition will be resupplied by the United States, in a move authorized by the country’s President Barack Obama, CNN reported. Slotkin is the acting assistant secretary of defense for worldwide security affairs.
In comments likely to draw a reaction in Washington, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Tuesday evoked the Kremlin’s reaction to 9/11 when rejecting the US stance on Russia’s Syria operation.
On Thursday, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels, and the actions of the Russian military in Syria and any measures the U.S.-led alliance needs to take as a result will be among the leading topics.