Su-24 incident undermines neighborly Russia-Turkey relations
Actions of Turkey, which downed Russian Su-24 plane, led to the fact that long good neighborly relations between Russia and Turkey, including in the economic and humanitarian fields, have been undermined, and this damage will be difficult to make up for, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
A Sukhoi Su-24 bomber of Russia's Aerospace Forces was downed by an air-to-air missile Nov.24 fired by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet. Later the Russian Defense Ministry specified that the Su-24 was downed when it was returning to the Khmeimim airbase in Syria.
However, Turkey's General Staff claims that the Turkish fighter jet shot down a plane that violated the country's airspace. A statement circulated by the Turkish military says the plane's crew received 10 warnings for five minutes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with King of Jordan Abdullah II Nov.24 that Ankara's attack against the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 plane, which took part in Russia's antiterrorism operation in Syria and did not present a threat to Turkey, was a "stab in Russia's back" delivered by terrorists' accomplices.