Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had more harsh words for Syria over its shooting down of a Turkish warplane with the loss of two airmen.
However the Turkish leader stressed that he has no plans for a retaliatory attack.
Speaking in Ankara at the launch of a new training plane for the Turkish armed forces, and without naming Syria openly, he said: “We will not refrain from teaching a lesson to the state of gangs that has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of its people, imposing state terror on its people and trying to test Turkey’s greatness.”
Syria says the fighter jet violated its airspace last Friday. Turkey insists it did so only briefly, by mistake, and was in international airspace when hit.
Erdogan has warned that any Syrian military elements approaching the border and posing a threat will be deemed a military target.