(rt.com) – On Nov. 24, Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet over Syria, saying the Su-24 jet’s pilots violated Turkish airspace and failed to heed multiple warnings to leave.
Russia flatly denied that its warplane had crossed into Turkish airspace.
“We are looking into the circumstances of the crash of the Russian jet,” the Russian ministry said in a statement. “The Ministry of Defense would like to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight.”
The Turkish Defense Ministry was quoted by Reuters as saying the Russian jet was warned 10 times within five minutes to leave Turkish airspace before it was shot down. Turkish officials said the Su-24 was warned as it flew over Yaylidag, in Turkey’s southern Hatay province, and the Ministry of Defense released radar images purportedly showing the Ru-24’s flightpath over the southern tip of Turkey’s Hatay province, which juts down into northern Syria.
The Russian jet crashed in Syrian territory. Amateur videos showed it plummeting to the earth with flames trailing behind it before it disappeared behind a hill. Two parachutes were seen floating down to the ground, also; evidence that the two pilots from the jet had ejected.
Russian news agencies reported that general staff spokesman Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said that that one of the pilots was killed by ground fire as he parachuted from his plane.
Oksana Boyko of rt.com is joined by retired US Army Major General Paul Vallely to sift through issues surrounding the downing of a Russian jet in Syria by Turkish fighters. While the motives for the action are unclear, the incident has shocked both Russia and NATO is bound to have significant geopolitical consequences. What was the reasoning behind the Turkish decision to shoot down the jet, and is it likely to jeopardize the fragile diplomatic effort to reach a peaceful settlement in Syria?