If Russians continue to violate the airspace of Turkey, which is a NATO member, then that creates great danger, according to Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, who was interviewed by RÚV this morning. NATO members will protect Turkey if Russians proceed. Russian fighter jets entered Turkish airspace both Saturday and Sunday.
Gunnar Bragi described his worries:
“Of course, there is the risk if Russians continue to violate the airspace of Turkey or other NATO members, then there is of course a great risk of some sort of conflict. Of course we wouldn’t want to see NATO and Russians have some sort of conflict or confrontation, even though it’s in Syria or Turkey. But it’s perfectly clear that according to agreements between NATO members, they would defend Turkey, were that to happen. And as a result, NATO fighter jets would deter or drive away the Russian ones if need be. But of course this is in danger of escalating. But, fortunately, people are talking and trying to find out why this happens and trying to prevent it from happening again. But if this continues−that Russians won’t listen or respect the airspace−then there is grave danger, that’s clear.”