#UK Turkey: Russia in IS oil trade claim to cover-up violation

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg address a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.  Stoltenberg met with the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday to discuss the issue of a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister has accused Russia of trying to “cover up” its infringement of Turkey’s airspace with “unfounded” claims that Turkey is illegally importing oil from the Islamic State group in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that Turkey shot down its plane to protect what he described as Turkish profiteering from the oil trade — a charge Turkey denies.

Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Tuesday: “It is not possible to cover up the violation of the Turkish airspace with unfounded accusations against Turkey.”

He renewed a call for Russia to keep military and diplomatic channels for dialogue open, insisting that Russia’s stance was turning the Syria crisis into a “crisis between Russia and Turkey.”

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