FM denounces efforts to tie incident to the elections
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Mar 24, 2014 12:00 am
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu spoke with world leaders to discuss Turkey's shooting down of a Syrian jet that violated Turkish airspace
KONYA – Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu discussed the shooting down of a Syrian jet by Turkish forces on Sunday for violating Turkey's airspace early Monday with world leaders. In separate phone calls between NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, FM Ahmet Davutoğlu informed that the Syrian plane had violated Turkey's airspace of over a kilometer distance.
"We have very strong evidence," Davutoğlu stated, explaining, "The General Staff Presidency has studied the case in detail."
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu denounced intentions to relate the case with the election campaign, stressing that Turkey's airspace was clearly violated.
Two Syrian MIG-23 fighter aircrafts approached Turkey's airspace along the Turkish-Syrian border at around 13:00p.m. on Sunday. After the Turkish Air Force issued four warnings, one of the planes diverted its course back to Syria, while the other failed to comply to repeated warnings and violated Turkish airspace. A Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down the plane, which landed in the Syrian border town of Kasap, according to a statement issued by the Turkish Chief of Staff.