Erdogan: Turkey Wants to Avoid Escalation After Downing Russian Jet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday his country was simply defending its security when Turkish fighter planes shot down a Russian jet, and that he does not want any escalation with Russia.

Speaking at an event in Istanbul, Erdogan said the plane crashed in Syria but was still inside Turkey's airspace when it was hit Tuesday.

Other Turkish officials said the plane was as deep as 2 kilometers over the border for about 17 seconds, and that its forces issued 10 warnings that were ignored before they fired. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS ONLINE

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