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Turkish jets shot down Russian warplane for airspace violation
Tuesday November 24, 2015 10:17 PM, Agencies



Istanbul:
Turkish jets shot down a warplane believed to be a Russian type SU-24 for violating Turkey's airspace near its border with Syria on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported citing Turkish presidential sources.

The warplane went down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkey’s border within the framework of engagement rules, the sources added.

The Turkish general staff said the downed foreign jet was issued 10 warnings in five minutes and it was shot down by two F-16s.

Turkish Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar briefed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the situation following the crash. Akar along with Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu also briefed Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

According to a media outlet’s footage of the downed aircraft, the pilots could be seen ejecting safely before the aircraft hit the ground in a huge of plume of smoke.

Russian President Vladimir Putin however said that the Russian Su-24 warplane had not violated Turkey's airspace.

"When attacked in the air, the plane was flying at an altitude of 6,000 metres, one kilometre away from the Turkish territory," Putin said as he met with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Russia's Sochi, Xinhua reported.

He said the plane was shot down by an air-to-air missile launched by a Turkish F-16 jet in Syrian airspace and the Su-24 fell in Syria four km away from the Turkish border.

"The Russian pilots and the warplane have in no way threatened Turkey. This is obvious," Putin said, describing the incident as "a stab in the back".

"This event goes beyond the boundaries of fighting terrorism. It is a stab in the back from accomplices of terrorists," Putin said, according to live broadcast by Russian 24 TV channel.

Putin said the incident would have serious consequences on Moscow-Ankara relations as "Russia would not tolerate crimes like what happened today".





 


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