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Ankara gave grounds for war – Russian PM (UPDATE)

Türkiye Materials 9 December 2015 15:16
Ankara gave Moscow ground for war, but Russia has refused to respond 'symmetrically'.

Ankara gave Moscow ground for war, but Russia has refused to respond 'symmetrically', Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told reporters answering the question on Russian Su-24 downing by Turkish F-16.

Turkish Air Force jets shot down the Russian SU-24 bomber after it entered Turkish airspace Nov. 24. Relations between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated after the incident.

"After a plane was destroyed, how would a country usually react in the 20th century? Begin a war. Because this [Su-24 downing] was a direct attack on another country," the prime minister said, RIA Novosti reported.

"Naturally, war is the worst option. As a matter of fact, Turkey has violated all international legal standards, they committed an act of aggression against us and basically gave ground for war. However we decided against a tit-for-tat response," the prime minister added.

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