Turkey shoots down Russian warplane near Syrian border

Turkey shoots down Russian warplane near Syrian border

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the shooting down of a Russian warplane by Turkish fighter jets will have serious consequences.

The Russian plane was shot down over the Syrian border, with Turkish military officials saying it has violated Turkish airspace.

Turkey says it issued the Russian plane with 10 warnings before shooting it down.

Both Russian pilots evacuated by parachute before the plane exploded, but were reportedly shot dead as they descended.

President Putin has condemned the incident and rejected Turkey’s claims.

“Today’s loss is a stab in the back, delivered to us by accomplices of terrorists – I can not qualify what happened today as anything else,” he said through a translator.

“Our plane was shot down over Syrian territory by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 aircraft. It fell in Syrian territory, four kilometres from the Turkish border.”

A spokesman for the US-led coalition which is fighting the Islamic State in Syria said that it was not yet clear which side the plane was on when shot.

But Colonel Steve Warren confirmed Turkey did warn the Russian plane 10 times within five minutes, before shooting it down.

“I can confirm that, yes,” he said. “We were able to hear everything that was going on, these (communications) were on open channels,” he said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is convening a meeting with his armed forces, and NATO is holding emergency talks.

Image: Haberturk TV

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