Putin uses crude language on Turkey for downing Russian jet
Dec 17, Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has used crude language in a furious new attack on Turkey over the downing of a Russian combat jet last month, news reports said.
Speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, he said, “The incident on the Syria-Turkey border was a "hostile act" but Russia was "not the country" to run away.”
He said there has no prospect of ties improving with Turkey, which Russia has put under sanctions, under its current leaders.
Russia deployed its air force to Syria in September in support of President Bashar al-Assad and has been carrying out air strikes on his opponents.
Its intervention has been heavily criticised by Turkey, the US and Gulf Arab states.
According to news reports, Putin is now into his third term as president since 2000, battling an economic crisis. Critics say civil liberties have been steadily eroded under his rule.