Turkey backstabbed Russia by downing the Russian warplane and acted as accomplices of the terrorists, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
The plane was hit by a Turkish warplane as it was travelling 1 km away from the Turkish border, Putin said. The plane posed no threat to Turkish national security, he stressed.
Putin said the plane was targeting terrorist targets in the Latakia province of Syria, many of whom came from Russia.
Russia noticed of the flow of oil from Syrian territory under the control of terrorists to Turkey, Putin said.
Apparently, IS now not only receives revenue from the smuggling of oil, but also has the protection of a nation’s military, Putin said. This may explain why the terrorist group is so bold in taking acts of terrorism across the world, he added.
The incident will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey, Putin warned.
The fact that Turkey did not try to contact Russia in the wake of the incident and rushed to call a NATO meeting instead is worrisome, Putin said. It appears that Turkey want NATO to serve the interests of IS, he added.
Putin said Russia respects the regional interests of other nations, but warned the atrocity committed by Turkey would not go without an answer.
Putin was speaking at a meeting with King of Jordan Abdullah II in Sochi, who expressed his condolences to the Russian leader over the loss of a Russian pilot in Tuesday’s incident, as well as the deaths of Russians in the Islamic State bombing of a passenger plane in Egypt.
Please note that the Turkish F16 are US supplied on the condition that they are not used in combat without the express permission of the US Government.
For the Turkish government to have two F16 jets in that area, at that time (plus two news crews in the area) is due to the joint Russian / US intelligence exchange.
The aircraft was not a threat to Turkey.
If you are of the opinion that Russia should not have infringed Turkish airspace – they did not. Mind you in Turkey has invaded Greece’s airspace with militia jets in excess of 2,200 times in the past 12 months.
Go figure that out – and one must certainly question Obama and Erdogan’s motives – in light of certain European countries denouncing Turkey’s actions.
Me thinks some people should wake up.