March 23, 2019

It was a ‘Planned’ provocation–Russian foreign minister

Russia has given statement about the shooting down of the Russian jet as a “planned provocation” by Turkey.

The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, giving a televised briefing said Russia will have to “seriously reassess” relations with Ankara after the actions by Turkish military.

He did however rule out military retaliation, saying Russia is not going to war with Turkey.

The comments come as US officials claimed the Russian fighter was in Syrian airspace at the time it was shot down by Turkish military.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity claimed the doomed jet had flown back to Syria after a brief incursion into Turkey’s zone but was shot down in Syrian airspace.

Turkish authorities claimed the pilots dismissed 10 warnings in five minutes before the aircraft was blasted out of the sky in the northern Syrian Turkman mountains.

However according to the US source, an assessment of the jet’s heat signature indicates it was inside neighbouring Syria’s airspace at the time of the shooting – supporting the claims of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

A number of accounts suggest the Su-24 was in Turkish territory for just 17 seconds before it was attacked, crashing once it had crossed back into Syria.

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