Erdogan warns Putin not to ‘play with fire’
By Khaama Press - Sat Nov 28 2015, 10:03 am
“It is playing with fire to go as far as mistreating our citizens who have gone to Russia,” According to Reuters news agency, Erdogan told supporters during a speech in Bayburt, in northeast Turkey on Friday. “We really attach a lot of importance to our relations with Russia … We don’t want these relations to suffer harm in any way.”
To resolve issues, Erdogan has called for a “face-to-face” meeting with Putin at the sideline of the climate change summit in Paris but Russia wants Turkey to apologize for “backstabbing” when it shot down the jet.
Erdogan claims the jet was in Turkish airspace when it was downed but Putin says it was flying over Syria at the time.
“This incident stands out against the usual fight against terrorism. Our troops are fighting heroically against terrorists, risking their lives,” Putin said last week. “But the loss we suffered today came from a stab in the back delivered by accomplices of the terrorists.”
Putin said the incident will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey, Warning that the act by Turkey would not go without an answer.