Assad reportedly told Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper in an interview published today:
We learned that it (the plane) belonged to Turkey after shooting it down. I say 100 percent 'if only we had not shot it down'.
We will not allow (the tensions) to turn into open combat between the two countries, which would harm them both.
The plane was using a corridor which Israeli planes have used three times before. Soldiers shot it down because we did not see it on our radar and because information was not given.
Of course I might have been happy if this had been an Israeli plane.
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