Turkey releases audio of ‘warning’ to downed Russia jet

In another twist to developments, Turkey has apparently capitulated and offered a lengthy apology.

The Turkish military has released an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down on the Syrian border.

“Change your heading south immediately,” a voice apparently says in English. Turkey said it had tried to rescue the SU-24 bomber’s two pilots.

Tensions have escalated between the two countries over the incident, with Russian President Vladimir Putin describing it as a “stab in the back” and warning of “serious consequences”.

Moscow later broke off military contacts with Ankara and said it would deploy its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system in Syria to destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes.

It also said fighter jets would now escort its bombers during air strikes over Syria. On Thursday, Russia said it would impose stricter controls on food and agriculture imports from Turkey.

Pilot’s story

The Turkish military said it had given 10 warnings to the Russian plane before it was shot down in Turkish airspace.

Turkish officials also say they did not know the jet was Russian until they had shot it down.

Capt Konstantin Murakhtin also stressed there was “no way” the jet could have violated Turkish airspace, as Ankara said it did.

He knew the region “very well”, he said, and the jet had not been in Turkish airspace “even for a second”.

Full article: Turkey releases audio of ‘warning’ to downed Russia jet (BBC)

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