A deputy commander of rebel Turkmen forces in Syria says his men shot at two Russian pilots after they ejected from their jet, which was downed by Turkey on Tuesday for violating its airspace.
The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey has increased tensions between the two countries over the civil war in Syria
Russia has a habit of peddling misinformation – and was fully aware of the rules Turkey was playing byVladimir Putin has called the shooting down of a Russian jet by Turkey “a stab in the back”, and warned of “serious consequences”. His emotional response was in sharp contrast to earlier, more measured statements from Moscow, calling for patience while the details of what happened became clear. The Russian president’s angry personal involvement is alarming, as it could lead to dangerous and harmful Russian responses regardless of the rights or wrongs of the incident.
The relationship hinted at by Russian leader after warplane was shot down is a complex one, and includes links between senior Isis figures and Turkish officials
Since the earliest months of the Syrian war, Turkey has had more direct involvement and more at stake than any of the regional states lined up against Bashar al-Assad.
Russian warplane shot down at Syria-Turkey border
A Russian warplane has gone down near the Turkish-Syrian border after an apparent attack. Turkish and Russian sources have given conflicting reports about the incident, which has the potential to escalate the tension between Russia and NATO member