Turkey shuts airspace for Syria bound Russian planes: Report
Ankara: Turkey has shut its airspace for Syria-bound Russian civilian and military planes, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying Saturday by local media.
"We closed the airspace to Russia's military planes -- and even civilian ones -- flying to Syria. They had until April, and we asked in March," Turkish media quoted Cavusoglu as saying, according to an AFP report.
The moving is being viewed as the toughest stand by Turkey against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
Despite being a part of NATO, Turkey continued to cultivate its relationship with Russia.
Cavusoglu said the decision has been conveyed to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"One or two days later, they said: Putin has issued an order, we will not fly anymore," Cavusoglu was quoted as telling Turkish reporters aboard his plane to Uruguay.
Cavusoglu added that the ban would stay in place for three months.
Russia and Iran have supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the war-torn country's civil war.
Turkey has backed Syrian rebels during the conflict.