Turkey pulls military equipment to the Syrian border

Photo: Turkey pulls military equipment to the Syrian border / Turkey

Azerbaijan, Baku, 26 June / Trend corr. R. Hafizoglu /

Following a statement by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is a threat to the security of Turkey, on the border with Syria had massed a large amount of Turkish military equipment, "Zaman" newspaper reported.

Earlier today Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said taht regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad poses a threat to Turkey and its citizens.

"After Syria shot down our Turkish military aircraft in international airspace, we will take more serious steps in the framework of international legal standards," Erdogan said.

The Turkish reconnaissance aircraft RF-4E which took off on Friday from an Erhach airbase in Malatya province in south-eastern Turkey, disappeared from the radar screens at about noon local time in the Mediterranean Sea to the south-east of the province of Hatay bordering on Syria.

Syria said it shot down a Turkish aircraft over its territorial waters after its invasion of Syria's airspace. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the plane was shot down in international airspace and that wreckage fell into the territorial waters of Syria.

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