TEHRAN (Fars News)—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey over the Syrian airspace last Tuesday as “alarming and dangerous,” Fars News reports.
“The incident which happened over Syrian airspace and near the Turkish border is highly alarming and dangerous and has complicated the situation,” Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
He said that based on Iran’s information the fighter jet was flying over Syria, and added that even if one assumes that the aircraft had approached the Turkish borders, targeting it over the sky is an alarming sign which shows that disorder is gradually ruling the region.
“We urge our friendly neighbor, Turkey, to watch the situation seriously as conditions are highly sensitive,” Rouhani said, adding that Iran doesn’t favor differences and darkened relations between Ankara and Moscow.
He underlined that the root causes of terrorism should be found, including sources of funding and arms supplies to the terrorists and those who purchase oil from the terrorist groups.
His remarks come after a Russian Sukhoi-24 was shot down by Turkey over Syria last Tuesday.