Russia stabbed Turkey in chest by violating its airspace, says PM (UPDATE)

Türkiye Materials 4 December 2015 12:59 (UTC +04:00)

Headline changed, details added (first version posted on 12:19 )

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.4

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 changes in Turkey's position on 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.