Ankara: Turkey denies reports its F-16 fighter, while staying in Azerbaijan’s airspace, shot down a Sukhoi-25 fighter-bomber of the Armenian Air Force.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan´s top press aide called the claim “absolutely untrue”.
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Earlier, Armenia’s Defense Ministry said that a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Sukhoi-25 jet of the Armenian Air Force on Tuesday morning, while providing support for Azerbaijani forces that were delivering strikes against the Armenian city of Vardenis. The Turkish jet reportedly remained inside Azerbaijani airspace.
Azerbaijani and Armenian forces earlier claimed to have inflicted heavy losses as fighting raged for a third day on Tuesday over Azerbaijan´s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Twelve Azeri civilians have been killed and 35 wounded by Armenian fire, the Azeri Prosecutor’s office said.