In comments to Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad said that he was sorry his army shot down a Turkish airplane on June 22, calling the Turkish people friends and brothers. He added if it were an Israeli plane he would have been happy.
I would not wish it for any plane other than an enemy one. Especially for a Turkish plane, I say 100%, if only we did not shoot it down,... The Turkish people are our brothers and something that would make them sad would never make me happy and it did not. If this was an Israeli plane, of course, I would have been happy."