Russia does not plan to 'go to war' with Turkey: Foreign minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow was not planning on going to war against Turkey.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow was not planning on going to war against Turkey.PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday (Nov 25) that Moscow was not planning on going to war against Turkey after Ankara's downing of a Russian fighter jet.

"We do not plan to go to war with Turkey, our attitude toward the Turkish people has not changed," Lavrov told reporters after speaking with his Turkish counterpart, but warned that Moscow would "seriously reevaluate" its ties with Ankara.

Lavrov also said Russia backed a proposal by French leader Francois Hollande to close off the Syria-Turkey border to prevent the flow of fighters crossing the frontier.

"I think this is a good proposal and that tomorrow President Hollande will talk to us in greater detail about it. We would be ready to seriously consider the necessary measures for this," Lavrov told journalists ahead of Hollande's visit to Moscow on Thursday.