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Turkey downed Russian Military plane, vowed measures against border violations

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(Ankara- AlummahWorld, Safar 12, 1437, November 24, 2015) Turkish fighter jets reportedly downed a Russian military plane violating Turkish airspace earlier on Tuesday. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has emphasized that the Turkey has the right to take “all kinds of measures” against border violations.

Russian president Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara.

Earlier in October, Russian military plane violated Turkish air space on two occasions which led to strongest protests and warnings from Ankara for Russia not to repeat the same.

Anadolu News Agency quoted prime minister Davutoglu saying in Ankara that “We would like the entire world to know that we will take all necessary measures and make any sacrifices when it comes to the lives and dignity of our citizens and for the security of our borders while our country is in a circle of fire.”

Davutoglu said Turkey had exercised its “international right and national duty” by downing the plane which the authorities say was flying over the country’s southern Hatay province.

The Turkish premier called on the international community to act regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“Let’s put out the fire in Syria,” Davutoglu said, adding: “Our message is clear for the Syrian regime forces, terrorist organizations or other foreign forces that are involved in pouring fire over Bayirbucak Turkmens, Aleppo Arabs or Azaz Arabs, Kurds or Turkmens, instead of putting out the fire in Syria.

“While carrying out effective counter-terrorism we are aware that the prerequisite for counter-terrorism is the growing up of young generations within peace and their love for each other,” he added.

Meanwhile, Turkey summoned Russia’s charge d’affaires to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday over the downing of a Russian warplane that violated Turkish airspace.

Sergei Panov, Moscow’s envoy in Ankara, was called to a meeting with Ahmet Muhtar Gun, acting undersecretary, according to the ministry.

The Russian warplane was shot down by Turkish F-16s after being repeatedly warned about violating Turkish airspace over Yayladagi, Hatay province, earlier Tuesday.

On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday cancelled a visit to Turkey in the wake of the shooting down of a Russian warplane by the Turkish Air Force.

Lavrov had been due to visit Istanbul on Wednesday to meet his Turkish counterpart.

“A decision has been made to cancel the meeting at the level of Russian and Turkish foreign ministers, which was planned to be held tomorrow in Istanbul,” Lavrov told reporters in Sochi, Russia.