Turkey must define downing of Su-24 before slamming ‘Russian aggression’

The Turkish president phoned the Russian leader between seven and eight hours after shooting down the Su-24 bomber over Syria.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkey must assess its own moves against Russia’s downed Su-24 aircraft before deeming the deployment of Russian S-400 air defense systems in Syria an act of aggression, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday, commenting on recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“As for these classifications, the most important thing for us, of course, is to define the moves against our downed plane. How do you define what the Turkish air force did,” Peskov told reporters.

Ergodan Called Putin 7-8 Hours After Downing of Su-24 Over Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan called Russian President Vladimir Putin only seven or eight hours after the Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber was shot down over Syria, Peskov said.

On Thursday, Erdogan said in an interview with France24 that he had tried to call Putin after the incident, but could not reach him.
“Yes, that was somewhere between seven or eight hours after the incident and no earlier,” Peskov told journalists.

Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which was taking part in Russia’s anti-terror campaign in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a “stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists.”

Ankara claims it downed the Russian plane because it violated Turkish airspace. Contrary to Turkey’s allegations, the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace, citing precise objective control data.
By Sputnik News