Statement cites Turkish president as saying Ankara ‘never had the desire and the intention’ to down warplane
Ankara will normalise relations with Moscow “rapidly”, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says on Monday after expressing regret over the downing of a Russian warplane last year. A spokesman for the Kremlin says the Turkish premier had apologised for the shooting down of a Russian jet over Turkish airspace, however, Edogan made no reference to an apology in his speech in Ankara on Monday night
How Erdogan’s personal ambitions impact war in Turkey’s southeast
“Erdogan has chosen a strategy of polarization and conflict promotion as a way of consolidating his position,” Ilter Turan, a retired professor of politics at Istanbul Bilgi University, told Al-Monitor. For the past 18 months, Erdogan has increasingly .