Turkish FM Cavusoglu slams Russia's 'baseless accusations'

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu urges Russia to end baseless allegations in first meeting after jet downing incident

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks to reporters after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Updated Dec 4, 2015

Turkish Foreign Minister said that Turkey wishes that Russia leaves baseless accusations against Turkey, as he met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Thursday at an Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) summit in Serbia’s capital Belgrade.

“We hope that Russia will end these baseless allegations and will re-evaluate the decisions it has made. If Russia continues on this path, although we have not made similar decisions so far, that cannot continue,” Cavusoglu said.

The meeting was the first face-to-face meeting following the downing of a Russian SU-24 fighter jet that was shot down by a Turkish F-16s near the Syrian border after it ignored a total of ten warnings in five minutes.

Cavusoglu also stressed that the situation remains on the hotline and both sides want to deescalate the situation.

“I am positive after emotions have calmed down, common sense will prevail and our relations will return back to normal,” he said.

He cited the importance of continuing communication, adding that it’s natural to have different thoughts over these circumstances.

Saying it would be unrealistic to expect all problems to be solved with Russia after a single meeting, Cavusoglu said that it was important to keep communication channels open.

"The incident on the 24th of November ... should not be confused with our fighting against our common enemy of DAESH, terrorism and should not be abused for political objectives," Cavusoglu said.

On the other hand Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on his side said Turkey has not presented any new information as of yet.

Following the jet incident between Turkey and Russia, Russia banned some Turkish food imports as part of a wider package of retaliatory sanctions.

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