Davutoglu: No intention to escalate situation with Russia
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 30
Turkey has no intention whatsoever to escalate the situation with Russia, said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
He made the remarks Nov. 30 at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO headquarters, according to a message on the Alliance's website.
The remarks come in the wake of deterioration of relations between Turkey and Russia after downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by a Turkish warplane.
Asked about Russian president's demand from Turkey to apologize for the incident, Davutoglu said neither he, nor Turkish president or authorities will apologise "because of doing our duty".
Davutoglu also said his country is ready to talk at every level in order to prevent further similar cases on Turkish-Syrian border.
Turkish prime minister added that Russia was informed about his country's engagement rules three times before the downing of the Su-24.
Answering to a reporter's question, he also said that economic relations between Turkey and Russia are based on mutual interest, noting that his country will very calmly approach to any other new measures.
"We will not escalate the tension. We will never do anything which will be seen negatively by Russian people," he said.
Davutoglu further said that Russians are friendly people to Turkish people.
"For many of them, Antalya is like second home. We expect Russian friends to come to Antalya, to Turkey, in a friendly manner, as tourists. Turkey is home for Russian tourists," he added.
The prime minister also said Turkey hopes Russia will reconsider its reactions, measures, taken in the wake of the downing of the Su-24.
During his address to the press conference, Davutoglu also said Turkey wants to have good relations with Russia and with all the other countries who are fighting against the IS (aka ISIL or ISIS or Daesh) on the ground.