Following reports of the Turkish army allegedly shooting down a Russian jet this morning, Vladimir Putin has spoke out about the incident.
Putin has warned Turkey of ‘serious consequences’ and said in a statement that he feels his country has ‘been stabbed in the back. ‘
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.
Putin said in a statement according to The Guardian
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. They are fighting terrorists in the northern areas around Latakia, where militants are located, mainly people who originated in Russia, and they were pursuing their direct duty, to make sure these people do not return to Russia. These are people who are clearly international terrorists.
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Today’s tragic event will have significant consequences, including for Russia-Turkish relations … Instead of immediately getting in contact with us, as far as we know, the Turkish side immediately turned to their partners from Nato to discuss this incident, as if we shot down their plane and not they ours. Do they want to make Nato serve ISIS? … We hope that the international community will find the strength to come together and fight against the common evil.