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 'I hope mothing like this happens again' - Erdogan on downing of a Russian warplane

Turkey's president has said he was "saddened" by the downing of a Russian combat jet by Turkish forces on the Syrian border last Tuesday.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraina.

"We wish it hadn't happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn't happen again," Erdogan said addressing supporters in Balikesir, western Turkey, following the murder of a senior Kurdish lawyer, Tahir Elci, in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir earlier on Saturday.

The president called for both sides to approach the issue in a more positive way, and said a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris would be an opportunity to overcome tensions.

Read more: Parts of destroyed Russian jet landed in Turkey, injured two people, - President Erdogan

Turkey's downing of the Russian military jet, the first time in half a century that a NATO member shot down a Russian plane, has drawn a harsh response from Moscow.

Russia has since restricted tourist travel, left Turkish trucks stranded at the border, confiscated large quantities of Turkish food imports and started preparing a raft of broader economic sanctions. Erdogan, meanwhile, on Friday warned Russia not to "play with fire".

Turkey's downing of the Russian military jet, the first time in half a century that a NATO member shot down a Russian plane, has drawn a harsh response from Moscow.
 
 
 
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