“If we had known if it was a Russian plane maybe we would have warned it differently,” Erdogan told France 24 television.

He also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had not answered his call after Tuesday’s incident that has seriously damaged ties between two rival players in the Syrian conflict.

“I called Mr Putin but until now he never answered my call,” he said.

Turkey’s military said the Su-24 bomber was shot down by two of its F-16s after it violated Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period on Tuesday.