Turkey will not apologize for downing a Russian fighter jet it says violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an exclusive CNN interview Thursday in Ankara, the Turkish capital, Censor.NET reports.
"I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us," he said. "Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize. Our pilots and our armed forces, they simply fulfilled their duties, which consisted of responding to... violations of the rules of engagement. I think this is the essence," Erdogan said.
As reported by Interfax-Ukraine, similar words were said by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
"We don't need to apologize on an occasion on which we are right. We have expressed condolences (to Moscow) in regard of the incident," the minister is quoted as saying by various media.
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