“I think that if there is someone who should apologize, it is not us. Those who have violated our air space are the ones who should apologize“. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, interviewed by CNN, does not want to admit the responsibility of the Turkish aviation for shooting down the Russian SU-24, despite the escalating tensions with Vladmir Putin. Military retaliation seems to have been avoided, but there is still chill between the two countries, in a crucial stage of the fight against terrorism when greater cohesion is needed between the countries united against ISIS.
“Our pilots and our military forces – Erdgoan continued – simply did their duty, which consisted in responding to violations of the rules of engagement”. The Turkish President said, however, that the incident could have been avoided if the Turkish air force had known that the aircraft was Russian. Erdogan complained also about the fact that Putin did not answered his phone call after the jet had been shot down. “After the incident, I called Putin, but Putin has never answered so far” he said.