Turkish planes 'down Russian jet' near border with Syria (VIDEO)

Turkish planes 'down Russian jet' near border with Syria (VIDEO)Turkey says its fighter jets have shot down a warplane near the Syrian border after it violated Turkey’s airspace.

Turkish F16s warned the jet over the airspace violations before shooting it down, the official told Reuters.

Presidential sources said the plane was a Russian-made SU-24. Russia’s defence ministry said the downed fighter jet was Russian and did not violate Turkish airspace, the RIA news agency reported.

Footage from private broadcaster Habertürk TV showed a warplane going down in flames in a woodland area, a long plume of smoke trailing behind it. The plane crashed in an area known by Turks as “Turkmen Mountain” in northern Syria near the border, Habertürk said.

Separate footage from Turkey’s Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed.

Russia has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in Syria in defence of President Bashar al-Assad. Russia’s defence ministry was not immediately available for comment.

Turkey called this week for a UN security council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in 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.

Source: Guardian
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