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Turkey: Erdogan warns Russia 'not to play with fire'01:30

Turkey: Erdogan warns Russia 'not to play with fire'

Turkey, Bayburt
November 27, 2015 at 19:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to "play with fire," while addressing to the citizens of Bayburt in northeast Turkey, Friday. "We strongly recommend Russia not to play with fire. We expect Russia to behave in this situation in all seriousness," he stated.

Moreover, Erdogan accused Russian authorities of allegedly striking Turkish aid convoys at the Turkish-Syrian border. The Turkish president said that the targeting of trucks in the region was "irresponsible" because Russia did not know "the reasons of their presence, whether for humanitarian purposes or trade." He then repeated his warning that such actions are "playing with fire."

The Turkish President expressed no remorse over the downing of the Su-24 aircraft of the Russian Air Force, saying Turkey expects "everyone to pay regards to our rights to sovereignty and to respect these rights."

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have grown following the downing of one of the Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets involved in Syrian operations, near Latakia, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, on Tuesday. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace. Russia's Air Force on Friday released data which contests that the Russian aircraft ever entered Turkish territory. The Russian Foreign Ministry have claimed that the downing of the Sukhoi fighter was a "planned provocation."

Turkey: Erdogan warns Russia 'not to play with fire'01:30
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to "play with fire," while addressing to the citizens of Bayburt in northeast Turkey, Friday. "We strongly recommend Russia not to play with fire. We expect Russia to behave in this situation in all seriousness," he stated.

Moreover, Erdogan accused Russian authorities of allegedly striking Turkish aid convoys at the Turkish-Syrian border. The Turkish president said that the targeting of trucks in the region was "irresponsible" because Russia did not know "the reasons of their presence, whether for humanitarian purposes or trade." He then repeated his warning that such actions are "playing with fire."

The Turkish President expressed no remorse over the downing of the Su-24 aircraft of the Russian Air Force, saying Turkey expects "everyone to pay regards to our rights to sovereignty and to respect these rights."

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have grown following the downing of one of the Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets involved in Syrian operations, near Latakia, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, on Tuesday. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace. Russia's Air Force on Friday released data which contests that the Russian aircraft ever entered Turkish territory. The Russian Foreign Ministry have claimed that the downing of the Sukhoi fighter was a "planned provocation."

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