Putin furious over downing of Russian jet by Turkish authorities
Nov 24, Ankara: Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the downing of a Russian-made warplane on the Syria-Turkey border on Tuesday for supposedly violating Turkish airspace.
He has described the act as a stab in the back, which was carried out by accomplices of the terrorists plaguing Syria.The warplane Su-24 was hit by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16s while it was flying over Syrian territory.Turkey has stated that it shot the jet down warning that it was violating Turkish airspace. But Moscow says it never strayed from Syrian airspace, news report said.
Nato is to hold an extraordinary meeting soon to discuss the incident at Turkey's request.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov advised Russian people not to visit Turkey. He is also cancelling his visit to Turkey, where he was due on Wednesday, over the incident.President Putin said the plane had been attacked at a height of 6,000 metres (20,000ft), 1km from the border. The plane crashed into Syrian territory 4km from the border, he added.
Turkish military officials said that the plane was engaged after being warned that it was violating Turkish airspace.It is the first time a Russian aircraft has crashed in Syria since Moscow launched air strikes against militants fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in late September.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jet had crashed in the mountainous Jabal Turkmen area of Latakia, where air strikes and fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces had been reported earlier on Tuesday, media reports said.
The Oslo Times