Turkish President ready to quit if links with IS is proved
Following allegations by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Turkey traded oil with the militant Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would quit office if the allegations were proven
Ankara: Following allegations by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Turkey traded oil with the militant Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a strong statement saying he would quit office if the allegations were proven.
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pic/AFP
On the sidelines of the Paris COP 21, President Erdogan said that if the allegations were proven, the "nobility of our nation would require that I would not stay in office."
Erdogan added, "And I tell Mr. Putin 'would you stay in that office?' I say this clearly."
According to the Dawn, Putin refused to meet the Turkish leader after the shooting down of a Russian military jet.
Putin earlier accused Ankara of shooting down the Russian Su-24 warplane to protect supplies of oil from the IS group to Turkey.
Erdogan further asserted that the nation wasn't dishonest so as to do indulge in exchanges with terrorist groups.
After the Su-24 bomber was downed on the Syrian border last week, Putin accused the Turks of being 'accomplices of terrorists' and said oil from IS territory was being exported through Turkey.