Written by Staff Writer
25 Nov, 2015 | 2:14 pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Turkey back-stabbed Russia by downing the Russian warplane and acted as accomplices of the terrorists.
Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, while meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Putin said the downed plane had been attacked inside Syria when it was one kilometre (0.62 miles) from the Turkish border and had come down four kilometres (2.49 miles) inside Syria.
That contradicted Turkey’s assertion that the aircraft had been warned multiple times that it was straying into Turkish airspace before it was shot down.
The crash site is four kilometres from the border.
The plane posed no threat to Turkish national security, he stressed.
He also added quote “IS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling oil. In addition, they are protected by the military of an entire nation. One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly. Why they kill people in such atrocious ways. Why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe.
Putin added that the downing of the Russian warplane happened despite Russia signing an agreement with the US to prevent such incidents in Syria, Putin stressed.
Turkey claims to be part of the US-led coalition fighting against IS in Syria.
The incident appeared to scupper hopes of a rapprochement between Russia and the West in the wake of the Islamic State attacks in Paris, which led to calls for a united front against the radical jihadist group in Syria.
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