Turkey shot down Russian jet to defend IS oil, says Putin

TURKEY'S decision to down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border was dictated by a desire to defend Islamic State oil supplies to Turkey, Vladimir Putin says.

The Russian president added Russia had received more information which confirmed IS oil goes through Turkish territory.

The claims follow an announcement from Turkey that it will not apologise for downing the jet, but Moscow should reconsider retaliatory sanctions, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

"Protection of our airspace, our border is not only a right but a duty for my government and no Turkish premier or president ... will apologise [for] doing our duty," Mr Davutoglu told a joint press conference with NATO head Jens Stoltenberg at the alliance's headquarters.

Mr Davutoglu added that "we hope Russia will reconsider these measures in both our interests", referring to the sanctions that Moscow imposed after the shooting down of the jet last week.

ABC News


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