Erdogan claims Turkey does not want escalation with Russia.(AW).
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said Turkey did not want any escalation with Russia over its downing of a Russian plane on the Syrian frontier but vowed to always defend Turkish borders.
"We have no intention to escalate this incident. We are just defending our security and the rights of our brothers," Erdogan said in a televised speech in Istanbul.
"Turkey has never favored tensions and crisis, it has and will always favour peace and dialogue," said Erdogan.
But he added: "No one should expect us to remain silent when our border security and our sovereignty are being violated."
Turkey said it shot down the Russian warplane after it repeatedly violated air space above the Turkish border. Moscow however insists that the plane never strayed from Syrian air space.
Erdogan said that the incident early on Tuesday showed "what kind of consequences careless steps could have". Hmmmm.......Kabuki theater. Read the full story here.
Turkish Army: Airspace violated 112 times by Greece, Italy and Israel in 12 months https://t.co/WGIZVzkpNj— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 24, 2015