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Turkish PM: No apology to Russia for downing jet

Ahmet Davutoglu: ‘No Turkish prime minister or president will apologize … because of doing our duty’


 
epaselect epa05039461 A still image made available on 24 November 2015 from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria, 24 November 2015. A Russian fighter jet was shot down 24 November over the Turkish-Syrian border, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said, according to Interfax news agency. The Sukhoi Su-24 was reportedly downed by Turkish forces, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported, citing sources in the presidency. The report said that the jet violated Turkish airspace and ignored warnings. It crashed in the north-western Syrian town of Bayirbucak, Turkish security sources were quoted as saying.  (HABERTURK TV CHANNEL/EPA/CP)

A still image made available on 24 November 2015 from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria, 24 November 2015.  (HABERTURK TV CHANNEL/EPA/CP)

BRUSSELS — Turkey’s prime minister says his country won’t apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria that crossed through Turkish airspace.

Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey also hopes that Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions it announced against Turkish interests in the wake of last week’s incident.

Davutoglu told reporters Monday that “no Turkish prime minister or president will apologize … because of doing our duty.” He spoke after a meeting with the NATO chief in Brussels and said Turkey remains open to talks with Russia about ways to avoid such incidents in the future.

President Vladimir Putin’s foreign affairs adviser has said the Russian leader hadn’t taken calls from Turkey’s president because there has been no Turkish apology. Russia insists the plane did not intrude on Turkish airspace.


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