Turkish President Erdogan Warns Russian President Putin not to, “play with fire”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has raised the stakes in the war of words with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, warning him not to, “play with fire”, after both men launched counter accusations on the downing of a Russian jet.
Erdogan is seeking a face-to-face meeting with Putin, at the upcoming climate talks in Paris, but Kremlin officials say Russia wants an apology from Turkey before any meeting.
World leaders have urged restraint. President Erdogan says President Putin has not answered his calls and both sides need to liaise on the incident, before discussing an apology.
Already, Russia has started its list of sanctions, suspending its visa-free arrangement with Turkey .
During an interview with France 24, Erdogan said Turkey would have acted differently, if it knew the warplane downed by Turkish forces on the Syrian border, was Russian.
Meanwhile, Putin has called on Turkey to investigate allegations of oil being imported to the country from the Syrian regions currently controlled by So-called Islamic State terror group..
Putin says Russian jets have witnessed the entry of fuel tankers into Turkey from Islamic State controlled regions.
During a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, Putin said corruption must be behind the large-scale oil importation, urging a thorough investigation.