Obama: Turkey Has ‘Right To Defend’

U.S. President Barack Obama backed Turkey’s shooting down a Russian warplane Tuesday, saying the country “has a right to defend its territory and its airspace.”

The incident, which may have left one Russian fighter pilot dead, points to an “ongoing problem” with Russian airstrikes in Syria.

If Russia were to focus on Isis rebels in Syria, mistakes would be “less likely to occur,” Obama added during a press conference with French president Francois Hollande.

The president urged both Turkey and Russia “to discourage any kind of escalation” over the incident and move toward a political solution in Syria.

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