Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet ‘near Syrian border’ after 10 warnings – videos


Su-24  downedTurkish fighter jets shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeatedly warning it over air space violations, Turkish officials said, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.

“The Ministry of Defense would like to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight,” Russia’s defence ministry said, adding that an investigation was underway.

Russia launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria to bolster President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the ongoing civil war in late September.

Russia said the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey claimed that its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it ignored several warnings.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman called the downing of the Russian Su-24 in Syria a “very serious incident”, but said it was too early to draw conclusions. “It is just impossible to say something without having full information,” said Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Video footage of the incident showed a warplane on fire before crashing into a hill and two crew members apparently parachuting safely. The ministry said the pilots parachuted out, but added that Moscow had no further contact with them.

However, the CNN Turk TV station is reporting that one of the pilots is in the hands of Turkmen (Syrian citizens of Turkish descent) forces in Syria who are searching for the other pilot.
Warning issued?

A Turkish military statement said the plane entered Turkish airspace over town of Yaylidag, in Hatay province. It said the plane was warned 10 times within the space of 5 minutes.

“On Nov. 24, 2015 at around 9.20am, a plane whose nationality is not known violated the Turkish airspace despite several warnings (10 times within five minutes) in the area of Yayladagi, Hatary,” the military said before the plane’s nationality was confirmed.

“Two F-16 planes on aerial patrol duty in the area intervened against the plane in question in accordance with the rules of engagement at 9.24am.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was briefed by the head of the military, while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ordered consultations with NATO, the United Nations and related countries, their respective offices said.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the warplane crashed in a mountainous area in the northern countryside of Latakia province, where there had been aerial bombardment earlier and where pro-government forces have been battling insurgents on the ground.

Video appears to show wounded pilot

A video sent to Reuters by a Syrian rebel group on Tuesday appeared to show a Russian pilot immobile and badly wounded on the ground, and an official from the group said he was dead. The official, who declined to be named for security reasons, did not mention a second Russian pilot who was in the plane.

“A Russian pilot,” a voice is heard saying on the video, as a group of men gather around him. “God is great,” a voice is heard saying.

The video was sent to Reuters by a rebel group operating in the northwestern area of Syria, where groups including the opposition Free Syrian Army are operating but the Islamic State group has no known presence.

Tension between Russia and Turkey

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have been mounting since Russia launched air strikes in Syria in September in a bid to bolster the Assad regime.

Russian fighter jets entered Turkish airspace in two separate incidents in October, prompting Ankara to summon the Russian ambassador twice to protest both violations.

Turkey called this week for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in neighbouring Syria. Ankara has traditionally expressed solidarity with Syrian Turkmens, who are Syrians of Turkish descent.

The Turkish military in October also shot down a Russian-made drone that had entered its airspace. But Moscow denied the drone belonged to its forces.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to visit Turkey on Wednesday in a bid to smooth ties between the two countries and find a joint approach to finding peace in Syria.

Along with Saudi Arabia and the United States, Turkey and Russia are taking part in talks in Vienna that aim to narrow differences on the Syria conflict and have taken on an extra importance after the Paris attacks.

A Turkish foreign ministry official told AFP Lavrov’s visit would go ahead as planned. “There is no change in the programme,” said the official.

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27 responses to “Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet ‘near Syrian border’ after 10 warnings – videos”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    OOpsie … Russian Not Understand Turkish. Or GPS position. Or Which Hijab to shoot at.
    It’s ALL so Foreign, isn’t it? :-)))

    1. “Hijab”??
      But of course yalibnan won’t delete your disgusting religious bigotry. What else did I expect from hypocritical Leb Christians!

      1. Patience2 Avatar

        He’s probably thinking of all those female ‘death bombers’.

  2. MekensehParty Avatar

    Someone is loosing a poker game he’s too small to play.
    The Turks called his bluff and two Russian kids paid for his stupid bullying.

    1. “Kids”?
      These “kids” were killing REAL kids!
      Hopefully they get what they deserve.

  3. The russkiye thought that they are invulnerable….


    1. sweetvirgo Avatar

      What this video shows is a very poor display of these so called “rebels”…..I call them ISIS criminals. They recorded this pilot while smiling and rejoicing “allah akbar”. They are pathetic.

      1. Still the russkiye published this video on RT TV….

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          EVERYONE wants to see ‘the proofs’ with their own eyes these days – no-one believes poilticians OR ANY of spoken news. ‘I NEED A PICTURE’ … mentalities screwed.
          AND many still like my Dear Grandmother … ‘I wouldn’t believe it if you proved it to me.’

          1. The russkies want to show the proof about the barbaric rebels, SIS criminals & Co.

            RT television implements a media offensive against the “West” and others who are not on their side…

            Following the “exciting” RT TV is better than all the endless serial television programs of food programs, Big Brother, etc.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            As long as they are translating correctly, Yes, it’s quite good. ;-)))

          3. The translation is according pravda tradition……

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            hohohohohoho …. something from the ‘Show Stores’ … for the upper crust. :-))

        2. sweetvirgo Avatar

          Who recorded this video?? So called “rebels” or better known as ISIS

          1. Ask RT TV, they published this video….

          2. MekensehParty Avatar

            RT has no choice but showing it all, because both vids/pics are on every news channel.
            After lying to the Russian people by saying that a ground to air missile hit the plane, Putin couldn’t hide the truth of this debacle and came clean.

          3. You must be joking – “RT has no choice but showing it all, because both vids/pics are on every news channel. After lying to the Russian people”….

            The russkies had PRAVDA since 22nd of April 1912 with the same “pravda” as today’s RT TV….

      2. MekensehParty Avatar

        One thing’s sure is that they’re not Isis. The video shows them surrounding the already dead pilot but they didn’t disrespect the body, no beheading or dismembering, no burning, no tying him to a car and dragging him around… The cries of joy and allahuakbar and mujahidin… are simply understandable, it is normal in time of war to cheer when you win something, these pilots and their planes have been bombing them non-stop for weeks now and that’s the first time they put their hands on a Russian soldier, I think they actually showed proper restraint for the rag tag rebels that they are. Towards the end of this video you can hear someone who is saying something like: “why didn’t you burn him right in his place?” which obviously didn’t happen because the commanders seemingly wouldn’t allow it. I think you’re being too tough on them calling them Isis criminals, war is ugly and scenes like this one happen throughout, as long as there is no excesses and disrespect of the bodies of fallen enemies, the cheering and boasting are simply normal.

        1. Wow excellent comment. I never thought I would see the day. Bravo

          1. Patience2 Avatar

            Now, if you could ONLY do the same!

          2. Look who’s barking. Show one constructive comment of yours.
            Leb Christian hypocrisy yet again.

        2. sweetvirgo Avatar

          The pilot was shot in mid-air…and where is his body?? Do you think they will return it back to Russia?

          1. I wish you showed the same concern and outrage for the HUNDREDS of innocents killed by your Russian lovers.

          2. MekensehParty Avatar

            hey it’s war, if the Russians aren’t ready for such scenarios (and obviously they’re not) they should have stayed home. Until now, the rebels who shot and captured the body of the Russian pilot have done so in accordance with the rules of engagement. Until now they have shown respect for his remains and the body is probably preserved for an exchange deal. I say until now because if this changes and the rebels parade the body of the pilot, dismember him, drag him behind a car or burn him like Barabie’s cousins did on every occasion they caught an American soldier then I will immediately change my mind and call them barabies.
            The Russian reaction to the event is childish and naive. They’ve been bombing rebel towns for weeks now and they expect the enemy to throw flowers at them or run to put pillows under their parachuting pilots.

          3. sweetvirgo Avatar

            Yes it is war…it’s just going to get worse from all sides. It seems it will never end.

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