Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Erdogan: I resign if Russia is right

There is a fierce altercation between Russian and Turkish leaders. The triggering event is Turkey's shooting down of a Russian bomber on november 24. Two pilots ejected from the plane, one of them died.
The SVD has gathered these proposals and comments on the incident.
Turkiets president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo: AP

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Rysslands president Vladimir Putin kallade nedskjutningen för "ett hugg i ryggen".
Russian president Vladimir Putin called the shooting down of "a stab in the back". Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky/Reuters

The president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was quick to call the event for "a stab in the back" and claiming that the plane was on Syrian territory when it was shot down. In Russian television, he said:
"This will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations.
The Turkish military said for its part that the plane violated Turkish airspace by the Turkish-Syrian border and that it was warned ten times in five minutes.
The Russian Defense Ministry rejected reports that have violated Turkish airspace and the surviving pilot said later that the plane did not receive any warnings.

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Bilder av det nedskjutningen av planet, den 24 november.
Pictures of the shooting down of the plane, on november 24. Photo: Stringer/TT

Russia's foreign minister Lavrov believes that Turkey's shooting down of a Russian bomber looks to be a "planned provocation", reports AFP.
"We have serious doubts as to whether this is not a premeditated action, it certainly looks like a planned provocation, he said the next day.
Two days after shooting down begins Russia also preparing sanctions against Turkey. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says that threats of sanctions are "inappropriate".
– We recommend Russia not playing with fire, he said, according to Reuters.
Erdogan also called for a meeting with Putin during the climate summit in Paris. Putin, however, has objected to such.


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Rysslands president Vladimir Putin.
Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photo: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

President Putin went on to say that the attack was unexpected.
"We had not imagined that we could be attacked by an attacker who we consider to be an ally, said Putin, according to CNN, two days after the attack.
Moscow argues that Turkey buys oil from Islamic State (IS).
– Shame on you, said Erdogan, adding that if such an allegation is not substantiated with evidence, it is just slander.
Putin calls for compensation and a lawsuit about shooting down and telling you that Turkey pushed the countries ' relationship "into a dead end", according to TT. In addition, he wants an apology.

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Rysslands president Vladimir Putin och Turkiets president (dåvarande premiärminister) Recep Tayyip Erdogan i Istanbuld 2012.
Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkey's president (then Prime minister) Mr Erdogan in Istanbuld 2012. Photo: AP

From Ankara announced foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday that apologies are unnecessary because Turkey performed correctly, but that "we told you on the phone yesterday that we regret", referring to a conversation with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
President Erdogan also held back on excuses, but also stated that he is sorry that it shot down the Russian bomber plane and wish it had not happened. But at the same time, he defended the decision and again criticized Russia's actions in Syria, according to the news agency AP.
"We wish it had not happened, but it happened, said Erdogan when he addressed supporters on Saturday.
Erdogan also reiterated a request for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the climate summit in Paris.
– No meeting with Erdogan is not planned. Such a meeting is not on the agenda, said Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov later, according to Interfax.

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Turkiets premiärminister Ahmet Davutoglu möter NATO:s generalsekreterare Jens Stoltenberg i Bryssel.
Turkey's prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. Photo: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Prime minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said after a meeting with NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday that Turkey has no reason to apologize for shooting down.
– No country should ask us to apologize, he said after meeting with Stoltenberg in Brussels, according to Reuters.
– The protection of our borders and our airspace is not only a right but also a duty. We apologize if we have made mistakes, not to do our duty, he continued.

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Vladimir Putin på klimattoppmötet i Paris.
Vladimir Putin at Paris. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

On Monday, in place at the climate summit in Paris, Putin arrived with new strong accusations. He claimed that he has new information indicating that Turkey shot down the plane to dark the fact that the country is involved in the oil trade with ice.
"We have recently received additional reports confirming that the oil from the ISIL-controlled (IS) areas will be delivered to Turkey's territory on an industrial scale, said Putin.

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Rysslands försvarsminister Sergei Shoigu (till vänster) vid kistan med Oleg Peshkov – piloten som omkom efter att Su-24-planet sköts ner.
Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu (left) at the coffin with Oleg Peshkov – the pilot who perished after Su-24 plane was shot down. Photo: AP

Turkey rejects again Russia's and Putin's allegations – they have no ties to ice, which, together with United States, inter alia, carry out air strikes against.
And president Erdogan was quick with his answers — he will resign if Moscow can prove that Turkey shot down the plane to protect the oil trade with ice.
In addition, he wondered whether Putin is willing to do the same, if the Russian allegations are untrue, reports CNN.
– I would like to ask Mr. Putin, would you stay?
The fierce altercation will probably not be completed.

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