March 23, 2018

Turkey warns Russia a second Russian jet could be shot down

Turkey has warned Russia that a second fighter jet could be shot down by its forces less than a week after a Russian warplane was downed.

The country’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said conflicts in the skies above Syria would be difficult to prevent in the future unless Russia and the US-backed coalition worked together.

Mr Davutoglu made the dramatic warning following a meeting with NATO’s secretary general in Brussels.

The war games and tough rhetoric continue to ratchet up, with Moscow deploying an air defence missile system just 50 miles from Turkey’s border in response to the incident.

The Turkish premier also dismissed any suggestion that Ankara should apologise for shooting down the Russian warplane last week, saying protection of its airspace was a right, not a duty.

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