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Russian defense ministry: All of our planes in Syria operate "as planned"

The Turkish military said its jets had shot down the aircraft after it continued on its trajectory despite three warnings

Baku. 16 October. REPORT.AZ/ The Russian defense ministry said all of its planes in Syria had safely returned to base and that all its drones were operating "as planned", Report informs referring to the foreign media.

The downing of the drone highlights the risks to NATO member Turkey as Syrian, Russian and U.S. coalition aircraft fly combat missions so close to its borders.

The Turkish military said its jets had shot down the aircraft after it continued on its trajectory despite three warnings, in line with its rules of engagement. Broadcaster NTV said it had come 3 km (1.9 miles) into Turkish air space.

U.S. official told Reuters that Washington suspected it was a Russian drone, but said the information was still preliminary and declined to give any more details.

Russian jets violated Turkish air space on two occasions earlier this month and Turkey has warned it will respond if the incursions are repeated.

Russia's air strikes in Syria mean that Russian and NATO planes are now flying combat missions in the same air space for the first time since World War Two, heightening concern that the Cold War enemies could fire on each other.

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