- Turkish army has shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 war plane near its Syrian border, officials confirm
- The Russian jet had violated Turkish air space and ignored ten warnings in five minutes, army says
- Putin called Turkey’s decision to shoot down the plane a ‘stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices’
- Russia claims the jet, which crashed in Syria’s Turkomen Mountains, had been in Syrian airspace when it was hit
- In response, Turkish army released flight tracking data showing where the jet violated its airspace
- One pilot dead, the other reportedly captured by Turkmen – ethnic Turks subjected to Russian airstrikes this week
Turkey’s military have today shot down a Russian war plane near its border with Syria after the jet violated Turkish air space.
The Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter planes after ignoring nearly a dozen warnings, Turkish army officials said.
President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s decision to down the plane a ‘stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices’, as his Defence Ministry still claims the jet was in Syrian airspace.
‘The loss we suffered today came from a stab in the back delivered by accomplices of the terrorists,’ President Putin said, speaking at a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday afternoon.
Putin boldly claimed that Turkey has been buying oil from ISIS, funding the terrorist group, and accused Ankara of protecting the jihadists with the country’s military, Moscow-funded RT.com reports.
Putin’s comments came as the Turkish foreign ministry summoned envoys from the U.S. Russia, France, China and the United Kingdom for a brief on the downing of the Russian jet
In the wake of the incident, footage reportedly filmed by rebels in Syria’s Turkomen Mountains, an area which has been the cause of recent tensions between Turkey and Russia, emerged showing local fighters cheer as they discover the body of one of the Russian pilots.
The video, posted on Twitter by a man believed to be a Syrian-Turkmen rebel soldier, shows at least a dozen men surrounding the corpse of the pilot, dressed in Russian military fatigues, and some are heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – ‘God is great’.
Local rebels said the pilot, who can be seen covered in bruises and burns in the video, was already deceased when he landed, and that none of the Russian pilots had been killed by Syrian fighters.
Full article: Putin warns Turkey there will be ‘serious consequences’ for ‘stabbing Russia in the back’ by shooting down one of its jets… as video emerges of rebels chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ over the body of dead pilot (The Daily Mail)