U.S. President Obama and French President Hollande say it is important for Turkey and Russia to avoid further escalation, following Turkey's downing of a Russian plane. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Obama and French President Francois Hollande agreed it was important for Turkey and Russia to avoid escalation, after Turkey shot down a Russian plane on Tuesday (November 24). "I think it's very important right now for us to make sure that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other, find out exactly what happened and take measures to discourage any kind of escalation," said Obama. The president went on to say, "I do think that this points to an ongoing problem with the Russian operations." Turkey told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday it had shot down on an unidentified plane that violated Turkish airspace and defended its right to do so. Russia has accused Turkey of shooting down one of its fighter jets inside neighboring Syria. In a letter to the 15-member council and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Turkish U.N. Ambassador Halit Cevik said two planes approached Turkish airspace on Tuesday morning and were warned 10 times in five minutes to change direction. Cevik said both planes then flew more than a mile into Turkey for 17 seconds. He said the nationality of the planes was unknown.