Celik: Turkey has plans B and C against Russia’s sanctions
ADANA - Omer Celik, AK Party Deputy Prime Minister and Party Speaker stated that Turkey has plans B and C against Russia’s sanctions after the downing of their jet, however he hopes that these problems would be solved with a dialogue.
After the formation of 64th Government, AK Party Deputy Prime Minister and Party Speaker Omer Celik and Environment and Urban Planning Minister Fatma Guldemet Sari held a joint press conference in Adana for the first time. Other Adana MPs also attended the conference. Celik analysed the crisis between Turkey and Russia during the press conference. He stated that Turkey has plans B and C against Russia’s economic sanctions to Turkey but he hopes that these problems would be solved with a dialogue.
Fatma Guldemet Sari referred to the tension with Russia and the nuclear power plant which is due to be set in Akkuyu, Mersin, “We don’t want the tension to prolong. This does not mean we will keep quite about the violation of Turkish airspace. There is an intervention within the framework of rules of engagement. This is also seen right internationally. The Ministry of International Affairs has had one to one meetings and continues to have more. We hope to overcome the crisis.”
In case of violation of our airspace armed forces are given the order of ‘hit’
In response to the questions of the journalist regarding the crisis with Russia, Celik stated that the jet was downed as rules of engagement.
Celik also mentioned the Turkish jet that was downed in Syria in 2012, “After our jet was shot down, Turkey published its rules of engagement. We renewed our rules of engagement after Russia violated the Turkish airspace on 3-4th October. Now the outcome is being assessed if the rules of engagement are not known. I would like to clearly say that after the renewal of the rules of engagement Russia and other parties were made aware of what the rules of engagement included. Therefore, everyone is aware of what these rules include and the Turkish armed forces were directed about this by the Government. In case of violation of our airspace armed forces are given the order of ‘hit’.”
“There is a threat from Syria to Turkey”
Celik gave some examples of previous airspace violations, “For instance, it is said, there is a mutual violation of airspace with Greece but this has also happened with Russia in the past in Black Sea. But let’s not forget that Syria is a war zone. There is a threat from Syria to Turkey. As a result of this threat, our planes have been downed in the past and there have been various attacks on our own land. Therefore, the rules of engagement are a set of rules for every sovereign state for their own defence.”
“The Russian jet was downed without knowing its identity”
Celik underlined that they do not view Russia as their enemy, “Russia is not our enemy; we have a strategic partnership with Russia. We view Russia as an ally. We have a long lasting relationship with them. Our energy relations with Russia is very intense. We disagree with the Syrian issue, but we have managed to make it with the other issues. Our Dear President and Prime Minister have remarked that; our political and military dialogue is open. Therefore, this should not be made a matter of domestic politics in Russia. The downing of this jet is not a question of it being a Russian jet. The jet was shot down within the framework of rules of engagement not knowing the its identity and as a result there has been an upsetting scene. However, this does not mean Turkey needs to apologise because we have acted within the rules of engagement. It was dealt within as a sovereign state.”
“Turkey always has plans B and C”
Celik also underlined that the issue with Russia can be solved with political and military diaologues, “It is wrong to introduce sanctions offending the public under this subject matter. We think that this situation is treated a little emotional. Obviously Turkey has plans B and C against there sanctions. Turkey is a country that can find its own way in such cases, but we hope that the crisis will be solved quickly with political and military dialogues. The meeting held between our Ministry of International Affairs and Russia’s Minister of International Affairs Lavrov, may be a new step. We don’t think it is right to make too much polemics about this.” (ILKHA)