Then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in 2012 that a “short-term border violation can never be a pretext for attack” after a Turkish jet was shot down over Syrian territory.
Despite the assertion, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday after the Sukhoi Su-24 allegedly violated Turkish airspace for mere “seconds.”
Vehemently denying the claims, Russia’s defense ministry said the aircraft was “exclusively over Syrian territory” for the entire duration of the flight.
As both the aircraft’s pilots parachuted to safety, US-backed “moderate rebels” began opening fire, reportedly killing at least one. A Russian helicopter attempting to locate the pilots moments later was also destroyed by Western-backed fighters using a US-made anti-tank weapon.
“We will never tolerate such crimes like the one committed today,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said before calling the incident a “stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices.”