Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Over Its Border

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Over Its Border

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday, in what it claimed as a violation of its airspace rules by Russia.

The Russian aircraft is reported to have ignored repeated warnings when it  flew low over Yayladag and crashed in Turkmen Mountains region in the coastal province of Latakia.

Russia insists the plane never crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies.

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Russia claims its war craft, Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkish officials has categorically denied it, stating that its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it ignored several warnings. Turkey says the plane was warned 10 times within the space of five minutes but all seemed to have been ignored.

Turkey who felt the Russian actions did not "constitute a fight against terrorism" but the bombing of civilians, summoned the Russian ambassador on Friday, and warned them to cease their operations in Syria which targeted Turkmen villages.

The Turkey foreign ministry warned Ambassador Andrey Karlov that the Russian operations could lead to serious consequences.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu however failed to comment on the incident at a ceremony where they approved a list of new cabinet members.

Turkish officials have so far released what they said was the radar image of the path the Russian plane took, showing it flying across a stretch of Turkish territory in Turkey's southern-most tip, in the region of Yayladag, in Hatay province.

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