Turkish presidential sources said the warplane was a Russian-made SU-24. The Turkish military, which did not confirm the plane’s origin, said it had been warned 10 times in the space of five minutes about violating Turkish airspace, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Reuters.
Russian officials confirmed that Su-24 bomber was downed, but said the jet did not violate Turkish air space. As stated in the Ministry of Defense of Russia, it was confirmed by means of objective control.
Russian Defense Ministry reported that the aircraft was at an altitude of six thousand meters, where, presumably, he was fired from the ground. The pilots managed to eject.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was briefed by the head of the military, while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ordered consultations with NATO, the United Nations and related countries, their respective offices said.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the warplane crashed in a mountainous area in the northern countryside of Latakia province, where there had been aerial bombardment earlier and where pro-government forces have been battling insurgents on the ground.
It should be recalled that on October 5, 2015, Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that Russian military aircraft violated the country’s airspace. Russia’s ambassador was summoned to protest.
Later at NATO emergency meeting of ambassadors of 28 member states in Brussels allies denounced Russia for violating Turkish air space along the Syrian border.
Turkey threatened to respond if provoked again, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the Cold War enemies.