World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Thursday that he called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to talk over the downing of a Russian bomber jet on the Syrian border, but Putin has failed to answer.
Erdogan, speaking to FRANCE 24 Television on Thursday, reiterated that Turkish fighter jets on an aerial patrol intercepted an unidentified aircraft within engagement rules when it intruded into Turkish airspace close to the Syrian border.
He also pointed out that the intruding aircraft was warned about the violation 10 times within five minutes before it was shot down.
"It is impossible to say that what happened is a cause of war. This is what the international engagement rules requires of all nations."
The Turkish president recalled "similar incidents" back in October. Russian warplanes breached Turkish airspace twice in early October after which Russian officials apologized and pledged that no such incident would be repeated.
Erdogan said that he discussed the issue with Putin during the G20 summit in Antalya and shared concerns with him.
The Turkish president said Russia would not tolerate such a violation.
"No country could ever violate the rights of another country on the land, in the sea, or in the air. We have to be careful about it," Erdogan said.
Stating that Turkey has all the information about what exactly happened Tuesday, Erdogan said the information provided by Turkish authorities was also confirmed by other NATO members.
"I wonder if Putin or the related authorities also have that information [...] They should know it."
Pointing to Turkey's 911-km border with Syria, Erdogan said the country has also a vast airspace.
He stressed that Turkey does not want tensions with Russia, and said: "We share a top-level consultative council with Russia and our economic relations are so strong [...] We would not desire to see such an incident, but unfortunately it happened."
"We should definitely shake hands and continue [our relations] hand in hand," the Turkish president said. "We have a responsibility to keep calm."Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Kasım 2015, 09:32