Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane, Putin Warns of ‘Serious Consequences’ for Turkey

Image of Russian jet being downed by Turkey
Image of Russian jet being downed by Turkey

Image of Russian jet being downed by Turkey

ISTANBUL—One of the world’s most volatile regions was roiled further Tuesday when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border, CNN reported.

Turkey and Russia exchanged bellicose language after the downing of the plane, raising fears in the international community that the brutal Syrian conflict could spiral into something much wider.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the downing of the Russian plane would have “serious consequences for Russia’s relationship with Turkey.”

The shooting down of the plane, Putin said, “represents a stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices. I can’t describe what has happened today in any other way. Our plane was downed over Syrian territory by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 jet.

“The plane fell on Syrian territory 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the Turkish border. It was flying 1 kilometer away from the Turkish border when it was attacked. In any case, neither our pilots nor our jet posed any threat to Turkey. That is obvious. They were carrying out an operation fighting against ISIL in Northern Latakia.” (ISIL is another acronym for ISIS or Da’esh)

While authorities in Ankara have insisted that it shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber after the aircraft entered Turkish airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry has released video proving that the plane never left Syrian airspace, reported Sputnik News.

Flight data released by Russian Ministry of Defense shows that the Su-24s never entered Turkey, and were attacked while performing legitimate maneuvers over Syria.

Obama Defends Turkey

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that “Turkey has the right to defend its country and its airspace,” but he acknowledged that U.S. officials “don’t have all the information yet,” reported CNN.

Obama said it was important that Russia and Turkey are in contact with one another to “take measures to discourage any kind of escalation.”

He said the plane incident “points to an ongoing problem with the Russian operations” in Syria, which are taking place very close to the Turkish border and going after “moderate opposition” that has the support of Turkey.

If Russia instead focused on fighting only ISIS, “some of those conflicts or potential for escalation are less likely to occur,” Obama said.

Russian MI-8 helicopter

Russian MI-8 helicopter

One Dead as Russian Mi-8 Helicopter Attacked During Rescue Mission in Syria
A Russian Mi-8 helicopter came under attack while conducting a search and rescue operation, searching for the crew of the downed Su-24 in Syria. One naval infantry soldier was reported killed, the helicopter destroyed by mortar fire, reported Sputnik News.

The Russian General Staff said that two Mi-8s were involved in the operation to save the crew of the downed Su-24 bomber jet.

One helicopter was shot down, its crew evacuated to the Russian base at Hmeymim.

“A search-and-rescue operation involving two Mi-8 helicopters was carried out, charged with evacuating the pilots from the landing site. During the operation, as a result of small-arms fire, one of the helicopters was damaged, and forced to make a landing on neutral territory. One naval infantry soldier of contract service was killed,” Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, told reporters on Tuesday.

The officer noted that the “personnel from the search-and-rescue team and the helicopter’s crew have been evacuated and are now located at the Hmeymim air base. The downed helicopter was destroyed by mortar fire from territory controlled by armed gangs.”

“The search-and-rescue operation tasked with finding the crew of the downed Russian bomber continues,” Rudskoi added, emphasizing that the territories in which the operation was conducted is believed to be controlled by radical rebel groups.


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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    If they void all Bolshevik-signed agreements with Kemalists, and put the Woodrow Wilson Arbitral Award on the table… Effectively ending the existence of this bastard state, this cancer on the body of Europe… Thus creating benefit and ensuring survival for Europe as well… That is something I will agree to call ‘serious consequences’.

  2. Arn.Sweden. said:

    I Quote –
    “Russian President Vladimir Putin said the downing of the Russian plane would have “serious consequences for Russia’s relationship with Turkey.”,”.

    Comment -Its Time for Russia to Arm Serbia,Armenia,The Kurdish Guerilla to their Teeth.

    Further – I Quote –
    “Turkey said it hit the plane after it repeatedly violated Turkey’s airspace and ignored 10 warnings.”.

    Comment – I find it wery hard to believe that the Russian Pilots delibretly ignored the Turkish warnings if they was not convonced they was in Syrian Airspace.


  3. Aram said:

    I read that turkey shifted its border. It stole syrian land. Turkey wouldn’t have done this without nato approval. Turkey didn’t like russia bombings its isis employees. Lol

  4. Lusik said:

    Ambassador meant “Try to lick Mr. Erdogan’s hand”.
    What is the success of the US in fighting against terrorism? Why never this question is answered? What this mantra means “Assad must go”? Without direct support from the US, Turkey would never resurrect its ottoman ambitions. Without moral and material contribution from Mr. Obama, Mr. Erdogan would never build a palace. Mr. Erdogan would never allow his son behave like the leader of young-turks new-ottoman empire and organize sudden influx of millions into Europe. Mr. Obama has deep emotional longing for Mr. Erdogan and also has specific promises to fulfill towards muslim brotherhood. The events of Mr. Obama’s presidency are a “pink-road” for the muslim brotherhood to exterminate Christians in the middle east. Mr. Obama pretends that he saves US from terrorism by flattering Mr. Erdogan. In reality he builds ground for more escalation in the distraction of Syria and helps in strengthening of the grip of Erdogan in the region. Mr. Erdogan is the actual leader of the international terrorism. Mr. Bagdadi stopped being the head of the IRegime long ago, before they expanded into Syria. Mr. Erdogan would never allow a bird to fly over former ottoman territory without his accord. The puzzle is that leaders of civilized countries – the places that these barbarians want, know all this before I or you knew.

  5. zarkim said:

    Public knowledge:
    1. Turkey has been openly backing ISIS Terrorists and other terrorist groups;
    2. Turkey has been looting Syria and Iraq using these terrorists;
    3. USA, Israel, NATO and allies have been encouraging these acts of crimes against humanity in Syria and Iraq organized by Turkey with funding, training and supporting terrorists;
    4. Turkey has used NATO as a weapon against Russia.
    Why is PUTIN so surprised about this Turkish attack?
    Putin must learn to deal with nations that are good in HITTING BELOW THE BELT.
    This is not a refereed JUDO tournament. This is dirty war Mr Putin.
    Wake up sally, Cops are here…

  6. Raffi said:

    If TURKEY, EU, US, NATO, and RUSSIA all are fighting ISIS, why should TURKEY attack Russia even if he entered Turkey’s borders (which I doubt) if the goal was to fight ISIS, by condemning Russia by Obama, means NATO and it’s allies are behind ISIS/TURKEY, the death of these 2 Russian soldiers falls on TURKEY/NATO, TURKEY IS PUSHING NATO TO WAR WITH RUSSIA.

  7. Vahe said:

    I am sorry to say this, but Erdogan 1, Putin 0.
    Is this how the “great” Vladimir Putin responds to the shooting down of a Russian jet and the killing of one of its pilots?
    By crying and boo-hooing that he was “stabbed in the back”? That phrase means that Putin thought Turkey was a friend.
    A friend? Is Putin delusional?
    If Turkey shot down an Armenian plane, would Putin do anything at all?
    One has to wonder.
    So, Putin has this grand plan to pull Turkey and Azerbaijan into the Russian orbit.
    How has that plan been going for you, Vladimir?
    Putin is still planning more gas pipelines through Turkey.
    How “brilliant”! NOT.
    Armenian Russophiles take notice.