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    Turkey Has Right to Defend Its Territory, Airspace - Obama

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    US President Barack Obama said that the US top priority in the wake of the incident with the Russian combat jet downed by the Turkish air force is to make sure that it does not lead to escalation.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Turkey has a right to defend its territory and airspace, but Turkish and Russian leaders need to communicate in order to determine exactly what led to the downing of a Russian Su-24 jet, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

    "Turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace," Obama stated. "I think it’s very important right now for us to make sure that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other to find out exactly what happened."

    Also Obama stated that the US top priority in the wake of the incident with the Russian combat jet downed by the Turkish air force is to make sure that it does not lead to escalation.

    “I think it’s very important for us right now to make sure that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other, find out exactly what happened and take measures to discourage any kind of escalation,” Obama said. “My top propriety is going to be to ensure that this does not escalate.”

     

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