Tensions mount as Turkey accuses Russia of ‘cover up’

Tensions mount as Turkey accuses Russia of ‘cover up’

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Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Russia has been accused of trying to “cover up” its infringement of Turkish airspace with “unfounded” claims that Turkey is illegally importing oil from the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) group in Syria.

Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed Turkey shot down its plane to protect what he described as profiteering from the oil trade – a charge Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu denies.

He told reporters: “It is not possible to cover up the violation of the Turkish airspace with unfounded accusations against Turkey.”

Mr Davutoglu renewed a call for Russia to keep military and diplomatic channels for dialogue open, insisting Russia’s stance was turning the Syria crisis into a “crisis between Russia and Turkey”.

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