Russia’s Defense Minister has confirmed that Turkey has shot down one of its military jets.
Turkey claimed it shot down the jet, a SU-24, after it violated Turkish airspace while flying near the Syrian border. However, Russia’s Defense Ministry says that the aircraft was in Syrian airspace at all times.
Video footage released by Turkish media showed the aircraft in flames as it came down after being shot by a Turkish F-16. The fate of two pilots who managed to parachute from the plane remains unclear.
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Turkey has previously warned that it will shoot down any aircraft which violate its airspace.
Russia commenced airstrikes in Iraq and Syria last month. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad also made a surprise visit to Moscow where he discussed with President Putin plans to end the Syrian civil war and destroy ISIS.