Russia may lose Turkey as its ally, - Turkish President Erdogan

Russia would lose a great deal if it loses Turkey as its ally.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in the course of the joint press availability with Belgian PM Charles Michel on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports citing Daily Sabah.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, the Turkish President criticized Russia's violation of Turkish airspace and said that any attack against Turkey is considered as an attack against NATO.

Erdoğan said that Turkey will not accept Russia's violation and underscored that Turkey will not remain patient.

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"Any attack against us [Turkey], is considered as an attack against NATO" Erdoğan said, and added that Turkey's positive relations and cooperation with Russia could get negatively affected if such violations continue to take place.

The Turkish president also touched upon the Syrian Crisis and highlighted that holding meetings regarding the issue in Brussels would enable the start of a new process.

"Turkey welcomes refugees without making any discrimination." Erdoğan said, and added that in Istanbul alone there are over 400,000 Syrians.

He underscored that Turkey has spent over 7.8 billion dollars for Syrian refugees in camps alone, while the global community has only spent 417 million dollars.

Reiterating once again that the Assad regime in Syria is causing serious damage to civilians and the region, Erdoğan criticized Russia and Iran for supporting and protecting Assad.

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On Tuesday, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said that Russia has not offered the alliance "any real explanation" over its violations of Turkish airspace, adding, "For NATO, the violation of Turkish airspace by Russia does not look like an accident."

Turkey said late on Monday a Russian warplane had violated its airspace on Sunday, the second such breach in the past three days, prompting Ankara to summon Moscow's ambassador twice in a day.

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