Turkey will not apologise for downing a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border, but Moscow should reconsider retaliatory sanctions, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu says.
“Safety of our airspace, our border is not only a correct but a duty for my govt and no Turkish leading or president … will apologise [for] doing our obligation,” Mr Davutoglu told a joint press convention with NATO head Jens Stoltenberg at the alliance’s headquarters.
Mr Davutoglu extra that “we hope Russia will rethink these actions in both our passions”, referring to the sanctions that Moscow imposed soon after the taking pictures down of the jet final 7 days.
“If the Russian facet needs to chat, we are all set if they want a lot more data, we are prepared if they want to normalise relations, we are prepared to speak,” he said.
Mr Davutoglu produced the announcement after Russian president Vladimir Putin rejected an invitation to meet up with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Paris world-wide climate conference.
Mr Erdogan experienced known as for experience-to-encounter talks with Mr Putin as Moscow and Ankara trade furious charge and counter-charge more than who was responsible for downing the plane.
Russia’s federal government on Monday laid out more information of retaliatory economic sanctions aimed at denting Turkey’s key tourism and agricultural sectors as Ankara said that it had returned the entire body of the pilot to Russia.
Moscow introduced it will halt fruit and vegetable imports from Turkey following Mr Putin signed a decree over the weekend banning charter flights and the sale of package deal holidays, and scrapping Russia’s visa-free regime with the country.
Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev known as the moves a “first stage” as Moscow also said it would restrict Turkish transportation companies and tighten controls on construction contracts.
NATO chief Stoltenberg explained that even though Turkey experienced every single right to defend its airspace, the focus now had to be on keeping away from any escalation as the allies try to forge a typical front — perhaps including Russia — from Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters in Syria and Iraq in the wake of the Paris attacks.
“I welcome Turkish initiatives to build contacts with Russia to de-escalate … it is critical to continue to be relaxed,” Mr Stoltenberg mentioned.
“I urge Russia to perform a constructive part in Syria by concentrating on IS, our frequent enemy,” he added, referring to criticisms by Western nations that Russia has been targeting non-IS opposition forces in Syria.
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