Turkey Warns Putin: ‘Do Not Play With Fire’ As Tensions Heat Up

Turkey warns Russia "do not play with fire" in response to Putin's accusation that US shared flight data and that downing of Russian warplane was 'planned attack'

Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan has lashed out at Vladimir Putin, warning him not to “play with fire” in response to Putin’s accusation that the U.S. supplied Turkey with information about the flight path of its downed Su-24 jet. 

Erdogan said he hoped to meet Putin “face to face” in Paris next week, and hopes relations between Turkey and Russia are not irreparably harmed.

Putin, who has so far refused to speak to Erdogan, says that Moscow is suspending its visa-free scheme with Turkey from the New Year as one of many measures aimed at addressing the harm Turkey have caused.

Sky News reports:

Relations between the former Cold War antagonists have hit a low after Turkey shot down the jet near the Syrian border earlier this week.

Mr Erdogan warned Mr Putin about “playing with fire” in a speech in northeast Turkey, broadcast live on television.

He responded after Mr Putin dismissed as “rubbish” Turkey’s claim that it would not have shot down the jet if it had known it was Russian.

Mr Putin also said that America – an ally of Turkey on Syria – had known the flight path of the downed Russian jet.

“The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes’ flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time,” Mr Putin said.

He added that Russian planes were easily identifiable and Turkey was making excuses for its actions.

“They [our planes] have identification signs and these are well visible,” Mr Putin said.

“Instead of […] ensuring this never happens again, we are hearing unintelligible explanations and statements that there is nothing to apologise about.”

Mr Putin’s accusations came at a news conference on how to defeat IS, with French counterpart Francois Hollande at the Kremlin.

Mr Putin and Mr Hollande said their forces will share more intelligence and target strikes only on IS and other jihadi groups.

Russia has previously been accused of also striking at anti-Assad rebels in order to prop up the regime.

“What we agreed, and this is important, is to strike only terrorists and Daesh (Islamic State) and to not strike forces that are fighting terrorism,” said the French President.

“We will exchange information about whom to hit and whom not to hit,” Mr Hollande added.

Both countries have recently suffered devastating attacks by IS-supporting terrorists.

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