Russian ambassador to Turkey may be recalled
The proposal to recall Russian ambassador to Turkey is something that could happen, said vice-speaker of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Umakhanov yet added that recalling the ambassador is a rupture of diplomatic relations and an extreme measure.
The possible recall of the ambassador was brought up after an incident with the Russian Su-24 bomber, which was downed by a Turkish F-16.
Later the Russian Defense Ministry specified that the Su-24 was downed when it was returning to the Khmeimim airbase in Syria.
However, Turkey's General Staff claims that the Turkish fighter jet shot down a plane that violated the country's airspace. A statement circulated by the Turkish military says the plane's crew received 10 warnings for five minutes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with King of Jordan Abdullah II Nov.24 that Ankara's attack against the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 plane, which took part in Russia's antiterrorism operation in Syria and did not present a threat to Turkey, was a "stab in Russia's back" delivered by terrorists' accomplices.
Meanwhile, Umakhanov didn't rule out that the ambassador might be recalled for consultations.
"Consultations are necessary, but it all depends on how the situation will be unfolding now," he said. "It is necessary to weigh up the pros and cons."
"But I am against the appeals of some countries to de-escalate the conflict, even though these countries haven't done anything for that," said Umakhanov.