The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that "Russians could not decipher the black box but this incident exposed many in Turkey," referring to recent visit of opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas to Moscow.
Speaking during a meeting with village headmen in Ankara, Erdogan said "Russia said they could not decipher the black box of downed jet due to the damage but we never displayed any hesitation regarding the issue as our data are quite clear and solid. While the whole world recognized Turkey’s righteousness, these kind of shows do nothing but to embarrass the ones who appeal to them."
A Russian jet was shot down by Turkish jets over making an airspace violation in the region of the Turkmen mountain which is located in northwestern Syria near Turkish border.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) released radar images of the incident which indicated the downed warplane violated the Turkish airspace over the country’s Hatay province near the border with Syria.
However, Nikolai Primak, head of the Russian investigation, said there seemed to be some flight information missing as the black box situated near the tail of the plane had been damaged in the incident.
The incident which took place on November 24 dramatically increased tensions between Moscow and Ankara.
Amid the tension between the two countries, the HDP co- leader Selahattin Demirtas met on Wednesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
In the meantime, an investigation was launched against Demirtas over supporting "trenches and road barricades with those behind them," namely PKK terrorists, and "inciting local people to riot" on Tuesday.
Erdogan said "Surely we will stand upright against the ones who try to harm Turkey during the most critical periods."
Referring to PKK, Erdogan said "We will defend the security and peace of our people against those who stand up with terrorists.''
‘’Neither this terrorist organisation nor the political party supporting it have no influence over our people or government. As soon as the areas secured with anti terror operations, we will construct a new period there hand in hand with our local people," Erdogan said.