PM: Turkey won’t apologize to Russia over downing of jet

Turkish and Russian military officers, rear, salute as a Turkish honour guard carry the coffin of Russian pilot Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov into a Russian Air Force transport plane at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Early Saturday, Turkey had taken delivery of the body of Lt. Col Peshkov who was killed after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border last Tuesday. (Turkish Military, via AP)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister says his country won’t apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria that crossed through Turkish airspace.

Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey also hopes that Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions it announced against Turkish interests in the wake of last week’s incident.

Davutoglu told reporters Monday that “no Turkish prime minister or president will apologize … because of doing our duty.” He spoke after a meeting with the NATO chief in Brussels and said Turkey remains open to talks with Russia about ways to avoid such incidents in the future.

President Vladimir Putin’s foreign affairs adviser has said the Russian leader hadn’t taken calls from Turkey’s president because there has been no Turkish apology. Russia insists the plane did not intrude on Turkish airspace.

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