Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.4
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey has always attached importance to the relations with Russia, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Dec.4.
He made the remarks while speaking at ADA University in Baku.
The prime minister pointed out that there are no and won't be problems between Turkish and Russian people.
He also urged Russia's President Vladimir Putin to resolve the Ankara-Moscow crisis through diplomatic means.
No one should expect apologizes from Turkey over the incident with Russian plane, said the prime minister.
Turkish Air Force jets shot down the Russian SU-24 bomber after it entered Turkish airspace Nov. 24. Both pilots managed to eject and the plane crashed on Syrian territory.
Relations between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated after the incident.
Davutoglu pointed out that Russia's accusations against Turkey that allegedly it stabbed Moscow in back, are groundless.
Turkey can also state that by violating its airspace, Russia stabbed Ankara in chest, said the prime minister.
Turkey is confident that this crisis can be resolved through talks, he added.
Davutoglu noted that when other countries imposed sanctions on Russia, Turkey didn't join them.
"Russian sanctions against Turkey won't knock our country down," he said.
Davutoglu noted that instead of imposing sanctions against Turkey, Moscow should open diplomatic channels to resolve this crisis.
"We haven't shot down the Russian plane over Syria's territory," said the prime minister. "The plane was shot over Turkey's territory. Moreover, there were no insignia on it."
After Russian air force violated Turkey's airspace in October, Ankara warned Moscow about inadmissibility of repeating such actions, he said.
Turkey respects the principle of inviolability of other states' borders and other countries should also respect the principle of inviolability of Turkey's borders, Davutoglu added.
Follow the author on Twitter: @rhafizoglu