Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday his country will not apologise for shooting down a Russian fighter jet last week along the Turkey-Syria border.
He told reporters after a meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels that Turkish forces did their “duty” to protect the country’s airspace. Davutoglu also said he hoped Russia would reconsider economic sanctions that President Vladimir Putin announced in response to the incident.
The sanctions would restrict Russian imports of some Turkish products, prohibit extensions of contracts for Turks working in Russia and impact the operations of Turkish companies in Russia.
The plane crashed into a rebel-held area in northern Syria last Tuesday. Turkey and Russia disagree on its flight path, with Turkey saying it violated the country’s airspace and Russia insisting it never left Syria.
The body of one of the pilots left on a flight from Ankara back to Russia on Monday. Russian and Syrian forces rescued the plane’s second pilot, while another Russian soldier was killed during the rescue effort.