Turkey shoots down fighter jet near Turk-Syria border; pilots reportedly bail out UPDATES (Eastern Time)- 4:15 AM, 5:25 AM, 5:45 AM, 6:00 AM, 7:50 AM, 8:02 AM
Ah! I see Erdogan's regime is getting very cranky these days. I don't blame them, considering all the embarrassing gossip about their involvement with Islamic State's oil trade. (Some of the gossip is about members of the Erdogan family, but what do those people at Voltaire Network know, anyhow?) This will be my last update on the incident. UPDATE 8:02 AM ET One of Putin's statements to Jordan's king was that the downing of the Russian jet would have "serious consequences" for Russia-Turkey ties, which Sputnik is now reporting as breaking news with "details to follow." Also, NATO has called an emergency meeting in response to the plane downing. UPDATE 7:50 AM ET Live televised report at RT -- Putin speaking in person to Jordan's king about the downing of the Russian jet. (live stream ended 7:55 AM ET; Putin spoke for about 10 minutes.) UPDATE 6:00 AM ET RT television (English language online) has live updates
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, has issued a cautious early response writes Shaun Walker in Moscow.
RIA Novosti quoted Peskov saying:
“It would be incorrect to make any evaluations or statements until we have the full information. So we just need to show patience. It’s a very serious event. But, without the full information it’s impossible to say anything, it wouldn’t be right.”
Video purporting to show dead Russian pilot (9 min ago)
Brookings Doha analyst Charles Lister says the video shows the dead pilot wearing Russian uniform and equipment. He says the dead pilot is now reported to be in the hands of anti-Assad rebels from the Alwiya Al-‘Ashar group.
[EARLIER ENTRIES INDICATE CONTRADICTORY REPORTS ABOUT THE FATE OF THE PILOTS]
UPDATE 5:25 AM ET
From SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency), Nov 24, no timestamp
Moscow, SANA- A Russian Su-24 fighter jet has been shot down in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
Russia Today quoted the ministry as saying in a statement that the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace, and it was at an altitude of 6,000 meters.
The two pilots managed to eject from the downed jet, the ministry said, adding their fate is still unknown.
Meanwhile, three Russian journalists injured, in a rocket attack, while covering the Syrian Army operations against terrorists, the ministry said.
For more on the shelling of the journalists, see this Sputnik report, 12:02 24.11.2015 (updated 13:26 24.11.2015) UPDATE4:15 AM ET From Associated Press, Nov 24 - 4:13 AM ET ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has confirmed that it shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warning. Russia denies that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said: “We are looking into the circumstance of the crash of the Russian jet. The ministry of defense would like to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight.”
Russia said the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey claimed that its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it ignored several warning.
A military jet that had reportedly violated Turkish border has crashed in Syria near the Turkish border, media said, adding the jet of unknown origin was shot down by Turkish F16 jets. Two pilots are reported to have ejected.
Habertürk TV reporter on the scene said that the aircraft “turned into a fireball.” Numerous witnesses wrote on social media, saying thick plumes of smoke have been rising from the jet crash site.
The pilots of the crashed jet managed to eject, Habertürk reported, adding that the plane had reportedly violated Turkish airspace.
A Turkish military official told Reuters the jet was warned before being targeted, adding that the nationality of the downed plane is as yet unclear. The official added that the plane was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter jets.
The plane crashed in a village mostly populated by Syrian Turkmen. The place has been a hotspot between the opposition and the Syrian Army.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met with officials from the Foreign Ministry. He instructed them to consult with NATO and the UN on the latest developments on the Syrian border, Davutoglu’s office said in a statement.
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.
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