Turkey shot down Russian Su-24 bomber in Syrian airspace. Moreover, Turkish fighter aircraft violated the Syrian-Turkish border, attacking the Russian plane. These are the conclusions of the General Staff of Russia. Thus, General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces stated that Russia changes its strategy of action in Syria, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Vesti.ru.
Firstly, all the air strikes will be carried out only under cover of fighter jets, stressed the chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy.
Second, Moscow will strengthen air defense throughout its military group in Syria and off shore. For this, missile cruiser “Moscow”, equipped with air defense system “Fort”, will take under control the coastal region of Latakia. The “Fort” system is similar to C-300.
“We warn that all goals that represent a potential threat for us will be destroyed,” – said Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoy.
And finally, the third: all contacts with Turkey on military lines will be terminated.
It should be recalled that today Turkish Air Forces shot down Russian Su-24 on the border with Syria. Russian officials denied Turkish air space violation. Turkey said the pilot was warned 10 times. According to unconfirmed information from Russian media, one of the pilots was killed and another was captured.
Vladimir Putin called the incident “a stab in the back” and said that this attack will havetragic consequences for Russian-Turkish relations.