World Bulletin / News Desk
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday insisted that a Russian warplane shot down by a Turkish jet was flying over Syrian territory and did not pose any threat to Turkey.
"Our plane was shot down over the territory of Syria by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 jet. It fell in Syrian territory four kilometres from the border with Turkey," Putin said in televised comments. "Our pilots and our plane did not in any way threaten Turkey."
Putin also branded the downing by Turkey of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border a "stab in the back" committed by "accomplices of terrorists."
The shooting down of the fighter plane was "a stab in the back committed by accomplices of terrorists," Putin said at a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II. "I cannot call what happened today anything else."
Moreover, President Putin said that Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border would have "serious consequences" for Moscow's ties with Ankara.
"Today's tragic event will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations," Putin said. "We will of course carefully analyse everything that happened."Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Kasım 2015, 15:54