MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. The Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association cannot find explanations for the actions of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and rings tocsin, Russia’s presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said on Saturday in an interview with the Vesti V Subbotu television programme at the Rossiya 24 channel.
"We have been receiving very many signals from, let’s call them, various public organisations, from the Association of Industrialists and Businessmen, which is working here, and they are literally ringing tocsins," he said. "They also are unable to explain why Erdogan has done so."
"Turkey’s provocative actions (of downing the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber) are not in the interests of NATO or Russia, or Turkey itself," he added.
An F-16 fighter jet from the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber on Tuesday. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria.
However, Russia’s Defence Ministry has said the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory and "there was no violation of the Turkish air space."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the attack on the bomber will have "serious consequences" for the Russian-Turkish relations. According to Putin, the Turkish Air Force’s attack on the Russian combat plane that took part in the operation against terrorists in Syria and posed no threat to Turkey is a "stab in the back of Russia."
The crew of the Su-24M bomber managed to eject but one of the pilots was killed by gunfire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued and taken to the Russian air base.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said, speaking at the ceremony of the presentation of credentials by new foreign ambassadors on Thursday that Turkey was steering the relations into the gridlock as it neither apologised, nor offered to repair the damage, nor promised to punish those responsible,
"We have not heard yet apologies from the highest political level of Turkey. Nor do we hear proposals to repair the damage or promises to punish the perpetrators for the committed crime," Putin said. "One gets the impression that the Turkish leadership is steering deliberately the Russian-Turkish relations into the dead end, which is regrettable," he added.
In an interview with CNN, Erdogan warned Moscow that Turkey would take steps if its warplane were downed by the Russian S-400 missile system in case it violated the Syrian airspace. "I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us," he said. "Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize.".