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Turkey: 'Another fake thing' - Ankara residents comment on Erdogan's Su-24 apology02:41

Turkey: 'Another fake thing' - Ankara residents comment on Erdogan's Su-24 apology

Turkey, Ankara
June 27, 2016 at 20:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish citizens in Ankara commented, Monday, on the Turkish head of state's letter of apology to Russia over the downed Sukhoi Su-24 and the death of the Russian pilot in November.

Sukran Bilici, an Ankara resident, said he wished "these bad things had never have happened and he [Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] shouldn't be in a position to apologise." According to Muammer Asil, the apology "is another fake thing that he [Erdogan] is feeding the public with."

Earlier in the day Erdogan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he apologized for the incident and expressed his hopes that Russian-Turkish relations could be normalised.

The SU-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16 jet over Syria on November 24 last year. The pilot landed inside Syrian territory, four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the Turkish border. Following the attack, both the pilot and co-pilot ejected from the plane. The pilot was shot dead while descending, while the co-pilot survived.

Turkey: 'Another fake thing' - Ankara residents comment on Erdogan's Su-24 apology02:41
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Turkish citizens in Ankara commented, Monday, on the Turkish head of state's letter of apology to Russia over the downed Sukhoi Su-24 and the death of the Russian pilot in November.

Sukran Bilici, an Ankara resident, said he wished "these bad things had never have happened and he [Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] shouldn't be in a position to apologise." According to Muammer Asil, the apology "is another fake thing that he [Erdogan] is feeding the public with."

Earlier in the day Erdogan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he apologized for the incident and expressed his hopes that Russian-Turkish relations could be normalised.

The SU-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16 jet over Syria on November 24 last year. The pilot landed inside Syrian territory, four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the Turkish border. Following the attack, both the pilot and co-pilot ejected from the plane. The pilot was shot dead while descending, while the co-pilot survived.

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