Baghdad, Nov. 26, 2015 (AFP) – Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to lead the world on the brink of conflict after the crash of a Russian fighter-bomber shot down by the Turkish army.
“Erdogan says that the Russian aircraft entered its airspace for several seconds. He forgets that its aircraft violate Iraqi airspace and Syrian daily “responded in a statement Maliki, an influential Shiite figure who was prime minister of Iraq from 2006 to 2014.
“The aggressive policies and double standards Erdogan measures threaten to lead the world into a new war,” he added. Ankara says that Russian fighter-bomber shot dead Tuesday by two Turkish F-16 fighter was in Turkish airspace, while Moscow denounces a “planned provocation” and ensures he was hit in the Syrian sky.
Baghdad has accused Turkey of having played a key role in the emergence of the Islamic State Sunni extremist group that has taken hold in the last two years large areas in Iraq and Syria.
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