“The plane was hit by a Turkish warplane as it was travelling 1 km away from the Turkish border”, Putin said. “The plane posed no threat to Turkish national security,” he stressed.
Putin said the plane was targeting terrorist targets in the Latakia province of Syria, many of whom came from Russia.
“The incident will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey,” Putin warned.
The fact that Turkey did not try to contact Russia in the wake of the incident and rushed to call a NATO meeting instead is worrisome, Putin said. It appears that Turkey want NATO to serve the interests of IS, he added.
Putin said Russia respects the regional interests of other nations, but warned the atrocity committed by Turkey would not go without an answer.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian President said the downing of their Russian warplane by Turkey will have “tragic consequences” to ties between the two countries.
The Turkish military said 10 warnings were issued in five minutes before the warplane of unknown nationality was shot down by two F-16 jets after breaching its airspace, according to USA Today.
Earlier we reported:
Turkey has confirmed that it has shot down a Russian warplane, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings, the BBC is reporting.
Russia has denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said: “We are looking into the circumstances of the crash of the Russian jet. The Ministry of Defence would like to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight.”