Published On: Tue, Jul 19th, 2016

Erdogan: Turkey ready to restore regional peace together with Iran and Russia

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has confirmed the arrest of two pilots that downed Russian Su-24 jet in November 2015 in Syria, Haberturk TV channel said on Tuesday.

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Turkey is ready to work towards restoration of peace and stability in the region together with Russia and Iran, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a telephone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Monday.

“Today, we are determined more than ever before to contribute to the solution of regional problems hand in hand with Iran and Russia and in cooperation with them, ” the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Erdogan as saying. The Turkish president informed Rouhani about the situation in Turkey. “At present, the situation is getting back to normal but it is too early to say that everything is over, ” Erdogan said.

For his part, Hassan Rouhani gave credit to the courage and political maturity of the Turkish people who stood up to defend the legitimate authorities.

“Stability and tranquility in Turkey have a positive impact on the atmosphere in the whole region. We have no doubt that tranquility in the Islamic world countries does not suit terrorists and some superpowers, ” the Iranian president stressed. He said that the past few days had shown who was Turkey’s friend or enemy both at home and abroad.

A group of insurgents took an abortive coup attempt in Turkey late on July 16. The main confrontation took place in Ankara and Istanbul. The country’s leaders announced later that the coup attempt had been thwarted. According to the latest reports, 208 Turkish nationals died, 100 insurgents were killed and about 1, 500 people were injured.

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Turkey’s justice minister confirms arrest of pilots downed Russian Su-24 in Syria — media

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has confirmed the arrest of two pilots that downed Russian Su-24 jet in November 2015 in Syria, Haberturk TV channel said on Tuesday.

“The pilots that downed the Russian jet were arrested, ” the TV channel quoted Bozdag as saying.

The Turkish Air Force’s F-16 fighter on November 24, 2015 shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber, involved in Russia’s antiterrorism operation in Syria, that Ankara claimed violated the country’s airspace on the border with Syria.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Su-24M was above Syrian territory and “there was no violation of Turkey’s airspace.” Pilot Oleg Peshkov was killed by militants from the ground after ejecting, the second pilot was rescued and taken to the Russian base. The incident resulted in the severing of nearly all trade and economic ties between the two countries. Ankara refused to apologize for the downed jet and death of the pilot.

On June 27, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, told reporters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent Russian President Vladimir Putin a message in which he apologized for the downed Su-24 plane and “underscored the readiness to do everything possible for restoration of the traditionally friendly relations between Turkey and Russia.”

On June 29, the presidents had a telephone conversation – first in past seven months, where they agreed to consider a meeting. After the conversation, Putin ordered the government to begin discussions with Ankara for resuming cooperation in trade and other spheres.
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