Putin: Turkey ‘knew downed fighter jet was Russian’

Putin: Turkey ‘knew downed fighter jet was Russian’

Putin: Turkey ‘knew downed fighter jet was Russian’

Written by Staff Writer

27 Nov, 2015 | 7:13 am

Russia has rejected Turkey’s claims that it did not know the plane it shot down on the Syria border was Russian.

President Vladimir Putin said Russian planes were easily identifiable and the jet’s flight co-ordinates had been passed on to Turkey’s ally, the US.

Turkey’s president said earlier if it had known the plane was Russian “maybe we would have warned it differently”.

Mr Putin was speaking after meeting his French counterpart and pledging closer co-operation against Islamic State.

IS claimed the 13 November attacks in Paris which killed 130 people.

Two Russian servicemen died after the Russian SU-24 plane crashed into a mountainside on Syrian soil on Tuesday after being hit by a missile from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.

The Turkish military said it sent several warnings to the jet before firing, some 17 seconds after the plane entered Turkish air space.

A surviving Russian pilot said he had received no such warning and was adamant they did not stray out of Syrian air space.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected calls by Russia to apologise, saying Turkey does not need to say sorry for the violation of its airspace.

But Mr Putin insisted it was “impossible” for Turkey not to have known it was shooting at a Russian plane. “It’s got insignia, and you can see that very clearly”.

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