Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Putin calls the Russian jet shot down by Turkey a stab in the back and plans to retaliate


President Vladimir Putin said he had been “stabbed in the back” after Turkish jets shot down a Russian bomber .

In a tense escalation of the Middle East crisis, he warned Turkey – a
key member of Nato and ally of Britain – of “significant consequences” .

At least one pilot is believed to have been killed near the Syrian border by rebels as the airmen parachuted from the blazing jet reports mirror

Another Russian soldier was reported dead after Syrian rebels blew up a search-and-rescue helicopter sent by Putin to find the missing pilots.

Turkey insisted the Russian SU-24 M had flown into its air space and was warned 10 times in five minutes before finally being shot down – claims furiously denied by the Russians.

David Cameron begged the two sides to start talks to contain the crisis.
President Putin said: “The loss today is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists. I can’t describe it in any other way.

“Our aircraft was downed over the territory of Syria, using air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16. It fell on the Syrian territory 4km from Turkey.

Neither our pilots nor our jet threatened the territory of Turkey. Today’s tragic event will have significant consequences for Russia-Turkish relations.”

The incident is a disaster for Western leaders trying to bring Putin on side in the war on Islamic State.

David Cameron held talks with him only last week and praised Putin’s raids on ISIS targets in Syria.

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