US needs to show support to Turkey, presidential candidate Jeb Bush says

Published 26.11.2015 13:23
Updated 26.11.2015 14:15
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United States Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush expressed support for Turkey's decision to shoot down the Russian warplane.

"Turkey is a NATO ally, they are an integral part if we're to be successful in the fight against [Daesh] and to change regimes, to take out [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad, it used to be our objective," Bush told CNN on Wednesday.

"If we are serious about that, Turkey needs to be an ally and we need to show support. I think President Obama was correct to say that every country has a right to self-defense" he added.

President Barack Obama backed Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane in violation of Turkish airspace on Tuesday saying, Turkey has rights to protect its borders during a joint press conference at the White House with French President Francois Hollande.

On Tuesday, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on an aerial patrol intercepted a Russian warplane within engagement rules when it intruded into 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.

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