Erdogan warns Putin from 'playing with fire'

Turkish president accuses Moscow of striking opposition groups in Syria under pretext of fighting ISIL

Erdogan warns Putin from 'playing with fire'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned his Russian counterpart of playing with fire by supporting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. 

Erdogan responded to an earlier remark by Vladimir Putin who said: "Those who implement double standards in terrorism play with fire". 

"Right, supporting [Assad's] regime that claims 380,000 lives in Syria and implements state terrorism, it is also playing with fire," Erdogan said in a speech in the northeastern Bayburt province.

He added that hitting opposition groups in Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIL was also "playing with fire". 

Erdogan said: "We frankly recommend Russia not to play with the fire." 

On Tuesday, an intruding Russian aircraft was warned about the violation 10 times within five minutes before it was shot down, according to the Turkish military.

It crashed in the Syrian region of Bayirbucak close to Yayladagi district of Turkey's southern Hatay province.

NATO confirmed the accuracy of the radar trace data Turkey shared which clearly showed the Russian violation.

It was not the first time Russian fighter jets had violated Turkish airspace. In early October, Russian warplanes breached Turkish airspace. Russian officials apologized and pledged that no such incident would be repeated. Turkey had also renewed its warning on engagement rules, including a military response against violations of Turkish airspace.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Kasım 2015, 15:12