Turkey will not allow any step aimed at violating its borders – PM

Baku: Turkey will not allow any step aimed at violating its borders, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

He made the remarks on Dec.3 during a press conference following the meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku.

“During our meeting, I informed the Azerbaijani president about the developments going on in Syria and the situation that emerged after the downing of a Russian warplane,” Davutoglu said.

Russia has repeatedly violated Turkish borders and the world community was informed about it, said the PM. “The borders of Turkey are holy for us. On the other hand, no country is affected so much by the Syrian crisis like Turkey. There are about two million Syrian refugees in Turkey, and in this regard 8 billion dollars have been spent so far.”

Davutoglu said that Turkey does not claim to the territory of Syria. “Turkey is ready to discuss any question with Russia. Turkish and Russian FMs will today meet in Belgrade. For us, the only question is inviolability of our borders and sovereignty.”

Turkey was not involved in the economic sanctions against Iran and Russia, the PM said. “Today, however, we are surprised by unfounded Russian economic embargo on Turkey.”

The Turkish PM called on emotional Putin to solve the problems between the two countries through negotiations. “Turkey will not accept Russia’s unfounded accusations,” he stressed.