Erdogan requests meeting with Putin over downed jet

Turkish President Erdogan requests bilateral meeting with Russian President Putin to talk relations after downing of Russian fighter jet

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the mukhtars meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, on November 26, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan requested a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk bilateral relations between the two countries in the aftermath of the downing of a Russian SU-24 fighter jet.

Erdogan said the two leaders may meet during the global climate summit which is to be held on Nov. 30 in Paris.

“There is a climate change summit in Paris. I think he will be there. We can meet and talk about the issues there,” Erdogan said on Friday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the request saying “A proposal from the Turkish side about a meeting at the level of heads of state has been delivered to the president.”

It is not clear whether the meeting will go ahead as Kremlin did not respond to the request yet.

One of Putin’s aides Yuri Ushakov said the request will be delivered to Putin later on Friday.

The tension between the two countries is high after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet on Tuesday along the Syrian border after it entered Turkish airspace over the southern border province of Hatay for a total of 17 seconds, despite being warned 10 times in five minutes before being downed.

Putin refused to answer phone calls from Erdogan after the incident.

“We see Turkey's unwillingness to simply apologise for the incident with the plane,” Ushakov said explaining the reason behind Putin’s refusal  to contact Erdogan.

Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey will not apologise to Russia for downing its warplane as the Russian aircraft violated international engagement rules by entering Turkey’s airspace despite being warned several times.

Both Erdogan and Putin are scheduled to attend the UN’s climate change summit in Paris. Putin is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

TRTWorld and agencies