Turkey shot down warplane for ISIL oil: Putin

    Turkey shot down warplane for ISIL oil: Putin

    Dec 1, Paris: Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Turkey of shooting down its warplane to protect oil from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

    Speaking at international talks on climate change in Paris, Putin called the downing of the plane a huge mistake.

    Turkey has denied any ties to IS and is part of a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the militant group. The Turkish government has refused to apologise for the incident media reports said.

    One Russian pilot was killed and the other rescued following the crash on 24 November. Turkey says the jet entered its air space - an accusation Russia denies.

    However, US state department said evidence from Turkish and US sources indicated the aircraft did violate Turkish airspace.

    The downing of the Russian warplane has wrecked both Turkish-Russian relations and the French-led diplomatic effort to bring Moscow closer into the fold of nations seeking to destroy ISIL through military action in Syria.

    The Oslo Times


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