Downing of Russian jet ‘planned provocation’ by Turkey: FM

Published November 25th, 2015 - 12:03 GMT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the media at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on November 24, 2015. (AFP/Maxim Shipenkov)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the media at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on November 24, 2015. (AFP/Maxim Shipenkov)

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane bombing "terrorist groups" in Syria was a "planned provocation", saying the groups are openly using Turkish territory.

We have serious doubts that this act was unintentional. It looks very much like a pre-planned provocation," Lavrov told a press conference on Wednesday.

He said it is "no secret" that "terrorist groups" are using Turkish territory in their operations against the Syrian government. 

He also said Russia had no plan to go to war with Turkey, adding, "We do not plan to go to war with Turkey, our attitude toward the Turkish people has not changed."

 


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