Obama says supports Turkey's right to defend itself

Obama says supports Turkey's right to defend itself

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he supports Turkey's right to defend itself following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets along the Syrian border last week.

Obama was speaking after a meeting with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Paris, where he has been attending the climate summit.

"The United States supports Turkey's right to defend itself & its air space," Obama said.

"We discussed how Turkey & Russia can work together to de-escalate tensions" & find a diplomatic path to resolve the issue, he said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by James Regan)

Source: “Reuters”