- 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. Continue reading