He explained that Turkish F-16 jets intercepted an unidentified warplane according to globally acknowledged rules of engagement.

Despite 10 warnings, the aircraft continued to violate Turkish airspace, forcing the jets to down one of the two warplanes, stated Erdogan, without identifying the aircraft as Russian.

The president did not directly address the ongoing Russian airstrikes against Syria, targeting Turkmen groups located there, yet he said that Moscow was attacking groups of 'Bayirbucak Turkmen'.

The Turkish government previously warned Russia to halt its regional operations, as, according to Ankara, the airstrikes targeted the Turkmen.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned the Russian envoy in Ankara, displeased by the airstrikes against Turkmen villages in northern Syria.

On the other hand, Russia's Defence Ministry, in its latest released statement, said that the Russian Su-24 plane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 jet on its way back to Syria's Hmeimim airbase, the location of a Russian anti-terrorism-strikes air force group.

 

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