ANKARA (Sputnik) – Pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas was "treacherous" to criticize Turkey for downing a Russian jet over Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday.
"The fact that he called the decision to shoot down the plane wrong is shameful and treacherous," Davutoglu said at a business convention in Ankara. "We helped our [Kurdish] brothers in Kobani [Syria], our same duty is to protect Turkmens in Bayir-Bucak."
Russian-Turkish ties deteriorated following the downing of the Russian aircraft by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria last month. Ankara said it had fired an air-to-air missile in response to a violation of Turkish airspace. The Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command have both said that the Su-24 never crossed Turkish airspace.
Russia has imposed a number of economic measures on Turkey in response to the incident President Vladimir Putin characterized as a "stab in the back." The measures, including bans or restrictions on the activities of Turkish organizations in Russia and curbs on Turkish citizens' employment in Russian firms, take effect on January 1.