PM Davutoğlu, Italian PM Renzi speak over the phone on the downing of Russian jet

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 25.11.2015 23:46

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu held a phone conversation with his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi late Wednesday regarding Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet.

According to prime ministry sources, the Turkish premier informed Renzi that the SU-24 fighter jet was downed after it violated Turkish airspace. Italian PM thanked Davutoğlu for the briefing and congratulated him on the formation of the 64th Turkish government.

Both leaders agreed on continuing bilateral talks at the Turkey-EU summit which will be held in Brussels on Sunday.

On Tuesday, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on an aerial patrol intercepted a Russian warplane within engagement rules when it intruded Turkish airspace near the Turkey-Syria border.

The intruding aircraft was warned about the violation 10 times within five minutes before it was shot down.

Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed that one of its Russian SU-24 fighter jets had been shot down, crashing in the Syrian region of Bayırbucak, close to the Yayladağı district of Turkey's southern Hatay province.

NATO confirmed the accuracy of the radar trace data that Turkey shared which clearly showed that the Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace.

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