Turkey National Security Council discusses Russia attitude
Date: 2015-12-19 09:20
Turkey's officials convened for a National Security Meeting (MGK) on Friday and discussed several issues including terrorism, the Syrian crisis, namely the Turkmen situation and Russia.
The meeting was chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential complex in Ankara and lasted for 5 hours 45 minutes, Anadolu Agency reported.
According to an official statement issued by the presidency's press office, Russia's attitude against Turkey was considered "unacceptable".
Following Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian military jet over the Turkey-Syria border which violated Turkish airspace last month, Russia imposed a range of unilateral sanctions against Turkey, including a ban on food imports.
"Turkey will not remain insensitive against the issues cognate and relative communities outside of Turkish borders and the moderate opposition," read the statement, referring to the Turkmen community in the Bayirbucak region of Syria’s north-western Latakia province.
Thousands of Turkmens fled their homes following airstrikes from the regime of Assad with Russian support. Around 2,000 of them recently sought shelter in Turkey, Anadolu Agency concluded.