Erdogan ‘Saddened’ Over Plane
Turkey’s president has said he is “saddened” by the downing of a Russian combat jet by Turkish forces on the Syrian border last Tuesday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wished the incident had not happened and hoped it would not happen again.
He has so far refused to apologise to Russia, accusing Moscow of “playing with fire” in its Syria operations.
The president’s remarks came as Turkey warned its citizens against non-essential travel to Russia.
The Foreign Ministry said visits should be avoided “until the situation becomes clear,” citing problems such as anti-Turkish demonstrations outside the country’s embassy in Moscow.
On Friday Russia suspended its visa-free arrangement with Turkey and is planning to introduce a wide range of economic sanctions.
Mr Erdogan has asked for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Mr Putin wants an apology from Turkey before he will agree to talks.