World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel has said Turkey will do whatever great states do in response to Syria's downing of a Turkish military jet last month, saying everyone will see Turkey's response, but that it will not mean waging a war.
“Of course, it is not like we will start a war,” the military chief told Akşam daily's İsmail Küçükkaya during an interview. “We are closely following [the issue]. We have all kinds of capabilities and means. We will do whatever great states do [in such a situation]. You will also see what we will do in the rest of the world when we do it,” Özel said, according to Küçükkaya's column published on Monday.
Syrian forces shot down an F-4 Phantom, an unarmed reconnaissance version of the F-4 fighter jet, on June 22, when, according to Ankara, it was on a solo mission to test domestic radar systems. Ankara says the jet was hit in international airspace after it briefly strayed into Syrian airspace.
However, Syria insists the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire within Syrian airspace. Turkey, while commenting that the act would “not go unpunished,” emphasized that it does not intend to go to war with Syria.
The findings from the wreckage site and an autopsy of the pilots' bodies conducted on Thursday revealed that the jet was most probably hit by a missile. Military experts say further tests are needed to confirm exactly what hit the jet, but initial findings seemed to indicate that it couldn't possibly have been anti-aircraft fire.
'We don't need to apologise on an occasion that we are right,' Turkish FM says
But presidency spokesman says that controls will be increased on Turkish goods entering the country
Erdogan has accused Russia of not fighting ISIL in Syria, saying it is killing Turkmen and Syrians in Latakia instead
EU agrees to open Chapter 17 in Turkey’s accession talks in December
Prime minister says reform will focus on six key areas, political reform among them
Turkish, French heads of state discuss downing of Russian aircraft along Turkish-Syrian border
Two countries' top diplomats agree to meet amid rising tensions over downed Russian warplane
PM Davutoglu calls for a deescalation in relations with its major trade partner Russia
Dailies on Wednesday cover Turkey's shooting down a Russian warplane that violated its airspace
Turkish president rejects Russian claim of ISIL presence in northern Syria
'No one should have any doubt that we have done our best to avoid this incident,' says Turkish President
Obama: ‘Turkey, like any country in the world, has the right to defend its sovereignty.'
Foreign minister calls off Istanbul trip over downing of Russian warplane
Turkey to receive €3 billion by EU to ensure needs of Syrian refugees are met
Turkey has 'duty' to act against anyone violating borders, PM Davutoglu says
PM Davutoglu has announced the new Cabinet after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved the list presented to him