Speaking after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his forces have the right to respond when its airspace is violated. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday (November 24) his country had the right to respond if its airspace is violated despite repeated warnings, speaking after a Russian warplane was shot down by Turkish jets along the country's Syria border. In a speech in the capital Ankara, Davutoglu said the world should know Turkey would make every sacrifice to protect its borders and citizens. "Everybody should know we would make every sacrifice and take every precaution when our country is surrounded by a circle of flames and the safety of our borders and the lives of our citizens are at risk. The reaction of the Turkish armed forces to the jets violating Turkish airspace should be evaluated from this point of view," he said. Davutoglu stressed the world should know Turkey would do "whatever is necessary" to guarantee its security. "We do not have eyes on any particular country's territories. Everybody should be aware it is our international right and national duty to do whatever is necessary - take every measure against whoever violates our airspace or land borders," he added. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was one kilometer (0.62 miles) inside Syria and warned of "serious consequences" for what he termed a "stab in the back". Russian and Turkish shares fell amid fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies. Each country summoned the diplomatic representative of the other and NATO called a meeting of its ambassadors for Tuesday afternoon.