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Erdogan Warns of Turkey’s Wrath Over Jet Downed by Syria

June 26, 2012

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Turkey’s wrath is as harsh as its friendship is valuable.” Photographer: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s level-headed approach after Syria shot down one of its warplanes over the Mediterranean shouldn’t be misinterpreted for weakness, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“Let our humility and level-headedness fool no one,” Erdogan told his party in a speech at the parliament in Ankara. “Turkey’s wrath is as harsh as its friendship is valuable.”

Turkey has referred the June 22 shooting, which it says occurred over international waters and Syria says happened over Syrian territory, to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is meeting today to discuss a response.

Syria’s act was “hostile” and a brief violation of Syrian airspace by the Turkish plane couldn’t justify the attack, Erdogan said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Istanbul at bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net


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