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Russia should apologize: Erdogan

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(Ankara- AlummahWorld, Safar 14, 1437, November 26, 2015) Russia should apologize for violating Turkey’s airspace, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Thursday. President Erdogan has accused Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime of buying oil from Daesh.

"Daesh sells the oil they drill to Assad. To Assad. Talk this over with Assad you support," Erdogan said in an address to village headmen in the capital Ankara Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported. 

Erdogan said that the places from where Turkey buys its oil and natural gas were well known, citing Russia and Iran as well as Azerbaijan and northern Iraq.

The president called on those who claimed Turkey buys oil from Daesh to prove their allegations, saying he would call them "slanderer" otherwise. He also accused Russia of not fighting Daesh in Syria, saying it was killing Turkmen and Syrians in Latakia instead.

President Erdogan also ruled out any Turkish plans for military intervention. “Direct military intervention against Russia or any other country is out of the question”, but “we expect everyone to show sensitivity to our sovereign rights,” he said.

“We do not have any reason to target Russia with which we have strong relations,” he added.

He said Turkey's strategic partnership with Russia needed solidarity, not threats. He added that it was one thing to not agree with Russia over its Syria policy and another to activate rules of engagement.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that country does not need to apologize over the downing of a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border.

"We do not need to apologize for an issue over which we are right. The engagement rules are clear and it was our airspace that had been violated," Cavusoglu said during his official visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

He pointed out that Russia had been violating Turkish airspace several times since it began its air attacks in Syria. In early October, Russian warplanes breached Turkish airspace. Back then, Russian officials had apologized and pledged that no such incident would be repeated.