Turkey will not apologize to Russia over downing of a warplane on the Syrian border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.
On the same day, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey did nothing wrong in shooting down Russia's warplane. And there is no need to apologize to Russia.
A war of words continues over the Russian warplane that was struck down by Turkish fire. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in televised remarks that Russia has not received any apology from Turkish leaders over the incident, or any proposals to compensate Moscow.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey has no intention to escalate the tension with Russia, one day after Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane angered Moscow.