September 26, 2018

Erdogan asserts Turkey will not apologise for downing Russian jet

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says strongly that his country will not apologise to Russian jet plane over the Syrian border.

Speaking in an interview with CNN, Mr Erdoğan said Turkish F16 fighter jets were “simply fulfilling their duties” when they shot down an Su-24 bomber which, Turkey claims, entered its airspace for 17 seconds.

Two Russian servicemen were killed in the incident – one pilot who was shot by members of the rebel Turkmen Brigade as he parachuted down in hostile Syrian territory, and a Russian marine sent as part of a search team to recover the lost pilots.

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