Turkish PM calls on Russia to open communication channels

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says channels of communication between Turkey and Russia should be opened to prevent incidents such as shooting down of Russian plane

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a press conference at Esenboga International Airport ahead of his visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Tuesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that military and diplomatic channels of communication between Turkey and Russia should be opened to prevent any similar incident to the downing of a Russian warplane which took place on Nov 24.

Davutoglu said, "Turkey has never wish for tensions or clashes. Our pilots only defended the air space of Turkey in line with their duty."

He added, "As we mentioned earlier during a recent NATO meeting, we are sad to be faced with such an incident, however, it was not possible to remain silent in the face of the violation of our air space while there is a war taking place just next to us. If Russian warplanes did not breach the borders of Turkey on purpose, then they were not directly targeted."

A Russian Su-24 fighter jet was shot down after violating Turkish airspace for 17 seconds, despite being given a total of 10 warnings in five minutes according to recordings provided by the Turkish authorities.

Davutoglu also said, "Relations between Turkey and Russia ensure both sides will gain; we should not let things be otherwise."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip  Erdogan said on Monday that the Turkish government would act "patiently and not emotionally" in the diplomatic crisis that has emerged between Ankara and Moscow.

Erdogan also rejected Russian accusations that Turkey is buying oil from DAESH, saying Russia is "disrespecting" Turkey through such baseless accusations, while claiming that it is actually Russia’s ally - the Assad regime - buying oil from DAESH.

Meanwhile, Erdogan said he would resign if accusations that oil produced in DAESH-held territories is being channeled to Turkey were proven to be true.

“We are not so dishonest as to buy oil from terrorists. If it is proven that we have, in fact, done so, I will leave office. If there is any evidence, let them present it, we’ll consider [it],” he said.

Speaking to reporters during the Climate Change Summit in Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that he was also sorry over the deterioration in relations between Turkey and Russia because over the years he had spent a lot of effort to improve them.

TRTWorld and agencies