: Turkey's FM should go to prison instead of resigning - Russian Foreign Ministry

17:42 May. 18, 2016

Turkey's FM should go to prison instead of resigning - Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Maria Zakharova during a press conference at Russian Foreign Ministry. Moscow, Russia. April 21, 2016. (Getty Images)

Russia accuses Turkey of cooperating with ISIL and other terroristic groups

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has mocked on the resignation of Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

"That should have been done after Turkey downed the Russian plane. Those cooperating with ISIL must go to jail, not simply resign," wrote Zakharova on her official Facebook page.

On November 24th, 2015, Turkish airforces downed a Russian bomber Su-24 claiming the plane had briefly intruded into Turkey's airspace. Russia's Defence Ministry insisted their plane permanently stayed over Syria participating in the so called anti-terroristic operation against the ISIL.

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The incident became the start for Russian-Turkish diplomatic conflict, resulting in numerous bilateral sanctions. The escalation was later fueled by shellings Ankara conducted over Syria in order to prevent terrorists from entering Turkey's territory. In February Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Turkey of supporting the international terrorism. In response Turkish counterparts demanded written evidence of their connection to ISIL with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promising to resign in case the proof is provided.

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