Monday, May 4, 2015Monday, May 4, 2015

Turkey warns Syria of 'heavy' response if its airspace violated

Published on Mar 23, 2014 9:42 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday congratulated the military for downing a Syrian warplane near its border and warned of a "heavy" response if its airspace was violated.

"Our response from now will be heavy if you violate our airspace," Mr Erdogan said during an election rally, referring to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"I congratulate the chief of general staff, the armed forces and those honourable pilots... I congratulate our air forces," said the premier.

Syria on Sunday accused its northern neighbour of "flagrant aggression" after Turkish forces shot down the warplane as it bombarded rebels near the border.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!