Turkey denies shooting down Armenian warplane

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ANKARA – Turkey denied on Tuesday an Armenian claim that a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down an Armenian Su-25 warplane during conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, reported Xinhua news agency.

“The claim that Turkey shot down an Armenian fighter jet is absolutely untrue,” said Fahrettin Altun, communications director of Turkey’s presidency.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a cease-fire was reached, but there have been occasional minor clashes along the border.

A new round of armed conflict broke out Sunday morning along the contact line of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The ongoing clashes have reportedly caused heavy casualties and equipment loss.

–BERNAMA