Turkey's President Gul says his country demonstrated its determination to protect its borders when it fired down a Syrian jet plane on Sunday.
THE HAGUE – Turkish forces did what was necessary in accordance with previous engagement rules when they shot down a Syrian jet plane for violating their air space, according to Turkey's President Abdullah Gul.
“The Turkish security force protected Turkey’s border successfully, but the Turkish armed forces are still on alert,” said Gul on Monday in The Hague. “These are national issues and out of politics,” he added.
Gul underlined that Turkey had demonstrated its resolution and determination to protect its borders. The Turkish president was in The Hague to attend Nuclear Security Summit and met with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on Monday.
Gul also congratulated the Turkish Chief of Staff and the pilots of the Turkish Armed Forces who shot down the Syrian plane.
Two Syrian jet planes approached Turkey's airspace along the Turkish-Syrian border on Sunday. One of the planes diverted its course after a warning by Turkish F-16 pilots while the other plane violated Turkey's airspace by 7-to-8 miles and was shot down.
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