The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that he or his country officials will not apologize for downing a Russian warplane over the Syrian border. The Political scenario between the two countries has started to heat up with Russia officially calling back its citizens in Turkey.
Speaking in an interview with CNN, President Erdogan said “Turkish F16 fighter jets have just carried out their duties. It is in our interests to safeguard the security of our nation. We have shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber as it entered our air space for 17 seconds”.
“We have sent repeated warnings to the war plane asking them to leave the Turkish airspace. However, the pilots in the plane did not heed to over plea and eventually we were forced to use our fighter jets”, he added.
Two Russian servicemen including a pilot were reported to be killed in the incident that took place near the Syrian border. On the other hand, angry Russian president Vladimir Putin described the incident as ‘Stab in the back’ and warned Turkey to face serious consequences in future.
Putin reiterated on Thursday that the latest incident showcased Turkey’s stance over fighting against ISIS. “It is very clear from this incident that Turkey is protecting the ISIS. Our pilots never entered the Turkey’s airspace and remained in the Syrian airspace even at the point of time, when Turkey aimed the warplane”, the Russian president said.
“I did not understand Turkey’s methodology in running to the NATO immediately after downing the warplane. Common sense suggests that it is to the Russian authorities that Turkey should first inform”, he added.
Russia looks to retaliate strongly against Turkey and has subsequently called its nationals in Turkey to come home citing ‘ISIS danger’ as a reason.
Interestingly, the rescued Russian pilot of the warplane said that they haven’t received any warnings from Turkey.