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Russia: Turkey gave us cause for war, we didn't respond - Medvedev01:15

Russia: Turkey gave us cause for war, we didn't respond - Medvedev

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 9, 2015 at 23:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

The downing of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 by Turkey gave Moscow "casus belli" (Latin for act of war), said Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in Moscow, Wednesday.

Answering journalists' question during the annual television programme titled 'Conversation with Dmitri Medvedev,' the Russian PM stated that Turkey "violated all the norms of international law and committed an act of aggression." Medvedev went on to say that despite the provocation, "Russia's authorities and the president of the country did not respond."

Ties between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated since the downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet on November 24. One pilot, Oleg Peshkov, was killed in the incident and a marine, Alexander Pozynich, was subsequently killed during a failed rescue mission to locate the second pilot. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the Su-24 for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the Russian pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim that their aircraft violated Turkish airspace.

Russia: Turkey gave us cause for war, we didn't respond - Medvedev01:15
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The downing of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 by Turkey gave Moscow "casus belli" (Latin for act of war), said Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in Moscow, Wednesday.

Answering journalists' question during the annual television programme titled 'Conversation with Dmitri Medvedev,' the Russian PM stated that Turkey "violated all the norms of international law and committed an act of aggression." Medvedev went on to say that despite the provocation, "Russia's authorities and the president of the country did not respond."

Ties between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated since the downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet on November 24. One pilot, Oleg Peshkov, was killed in the incident and a marine, Alexander Pozynich, was subsequently killed during a failed rescue mission to locate the second pilot. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the Su-24 for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the Russian pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim that their aircraft violated Turkish airspace.