NATO Member Shoots Down Russian Fighter Jet On Syria Border
It was bound to happen. US, French and French aircraft, with different objectives from the Russian and Syrian planes, were, at some point, bound to come in conflict. What will happen now? Tensions are very high. It didn’t help that Syrian Turkmen (Turks living in Syria) shot the pilots as they were parachuting into Syrian territory, (a violation of the Geneva Conventions).
Turkish fighter jets shot down a warplane near the Syrian border after it violated Turkey’s airspace on Tuesday, a Turkish military official said, with Russia confirming it had lost one of its jets. Live updates below.
Turkish F16s warned the jet over the airspace violations before shooting it down, the military official told Reuters.
Footage from private broadcaster Haberturk TV showed a warplane going down in flames in a woodland area, a long plume of smoke trailing behind it. The plane went down in area known by Turks as “Turkmen Mountain” in northern Syria near the Turkish border, Haberturk said.
Separate footage from Turkey’s Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed.
The Russian defence ministry has confirmed that one of its Su-24 fighter jets was shot down in Syria, but denied Turkish claims it had been violating the country’s airspace. Russia has repeatedly carried out air strikes in Syria in defence of President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey called this week for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in neighbouring Syria, and last week Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the bombing of their villages. Ankara has traditionally expressed solidarity with Syrian Turkmens, who are Syrians of Turkish descent. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has spoken with the chief of military staff and the foreign minister about the developments on the Syrian border, the prime minister’s office said in a statement, without mentioning the downed jet. He has ordered the foreign ministry to consult with NATO, the United Nations and related countries on the latest developments, his office said.