Turkey to Take ‘All Kinds of Measures’ to Defend Borders, PM Davutoglu Says  

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Bulgaria: Turkey to Take ‘All Kinds of Measures’ to Defend Borders, PM Davutoglu Says    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. File photo EPA/BGNES

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that his country exercised its “international right and national duty” by downing a Russian warplane which the authorities in Ankara said had violated the Turkish airspace.

Turkey has the right to take “all kinds of measures” against border violations, Davutoglu said on Tuesday, according to Anadolu Agency.

“We would like the entire world to know that we will take all necessary measures and make any sacrifices when it comes to the lives and dignity of our citizens and for the security of our borders while our country is in a circle of fire,” Davutoglu said

A Russian Su-24 fighter bomber was shot down on Tuesday morning by Turkish Air Force as part of rules of engagement and violation of airspace in the K?z?ldag region near the border with Syria. Turkey's Presidency has confirmed the warplane belonged to Russia and it was shot down after violating Turkey's airspace.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the warplane was flying over Syrian territory at a distance of 1 km. from the border with Turkey when it was hit by an air-to-air missile fired from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.

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Yane - 25 Nov 2015 // 21:41:28

Erdogan in 2012: Violating airspace is no excuse to shoot down a plane

Rurik - 25 Nov 2015 // 18:04:50

Primo: Tania, it's UNSC only that can declare a part of any sovereign state a "buffer/non-flying zone". No one part of Syria has today this status. So Turkey committed the crime, it's obvious. Unobvious are the consequences. Anyhow the horizon is dark, I agree.

Secondo: "Russia has been...warned" is a nice remark, sure. It remains to add that Russia is neither number 1, nor 2 or even 3 in the glorious list of the main violators of the foreign air space, not the MSM rubbish, just statistics.

Terzo: "Equally antagonistic"----well, let it be 1000 times so, OK, but to KILL, to kill so inexplicably vilely, to demonstrate it, further, by Turkish TV channels as the "heroic deed" of the Turkish pilots, all this accompanied by the sympathising understanding of BBC, Fox, NBC, ABC, CNN, all of them being equally unbiased, right?.....
or Equally Antagonistic to the Conscience and Honour? Disgusting.

Tania Oz - 25 Nov 2015 // 07:55:59

If the Russian jet was only a kilometre away from the Turkish border, then the Turks must have been pretty trigger happy to do that. Isn't there a buffer zone around there? Having said that, Russia has been previously warned by many other countries as to flying over unauthorised and infringing on other's airspace. They do like to push their luck. Not defending Turkey here, they seem equally antagonistic toward eachother.

Yane - 24 Nov 2015 // 20:46:58

It\'s time to roast this turkey!

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