Russian Sukhoi Su-24 crashes in Syria

Russian Sukhoi Su-24

Russian Sukhoi Su-24

Ria Novosti/Dmitry Vinogradov
Ankara claims that Turkish air force shot down plane after airspace violation.

UPD 9:23 p.m.: Russia to freeze military contacts with Turkey, strengthen air defense in Syria with 'Moskva' cruiser ship, cover its striking air force. "Firstly, all actions of the Russian striking air force will be performed only under cover of fighter jets", deputy head of the General Staff Main Operative Department Maj. Gen. Sergei Rudsky said.

"Secondly, we will undertake measures to strengthen the anti-aircraft defense. In order to do this, the 'Moskva' cruiser ship equipped with the 'Fort' air defense system, similar to the S-300 system, will go to an area off the Latakia coast. We warn that all targets that represent any potential danger for us will be destroyed."

"Thirdly, all contacts with Turkey through the military will be frozen," Rudsky told reporters.

UPD 9:15 p.m.: Russian contract marine killed in search-and-rescue operation at Su-24 crash site in Syria - Russian Armed Forces general staff.

UPD 9:11 p.m.: According to preliminary data one Su-24 pilot died in air as result of fire from ground - Russian Defense Ministry.

UPD 9:03 p.m.: Rosturizm recommends tour operators to suspend selling tickets to Turkey. Read more>>>

UPD 8:27 p.m.: Turkey has not produced evidence proving that downed Russian plane had violated its airspace - Kremlin spokesman.

UPD 8:17 p.m.: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: "The president said about this in his reaction. As we know, the NATO Council is beginning its meeting in Brussels at these very minutes. We will wait for some reaction from there, including we will wait for a judgment about these provocative and unacceptable actions on Turkey's part."

UPD 7:49 p.m.: Kremlin has no official info on crew of warplane shot down in Syria. "Only the Defense Ministry can provide reliable information on this account," Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

UPD 7:24 p.m.: Russian defense ministry tells Turkish military attache that it sees Turkish Air Force's actions against Russian Su-24 as unfriendly act. Read more>>>

UPD 6:58 p.m.: Putin calls Su-24 crash in Syria ‘stab in the back’. Read more>>>

UPD 6:16 p.m.: EU foreign policy chief calls for avoiding escalation in Turkish-Russian relations

UPD 5:59 p.m.: Lavrov: Russian-Turkish ministerial meeting canceled.

UPD 5:39 p.m.: Putin: "Our plane was downed above Syrian territory with an air-to-air missile fired by a Turkish F-16 plane."

The Sukhoi Su-24 jet "fell four kilometers away from the Turkish border," Putin said.

The Russian warplane "was in the air when it was attacked at an altitude of 6,000 meters, at a distance of one kilometer from the border with Turkey."

UPD 5:33 p.m.: Picketers gathered outside Turkish embassy in Moscow. Read more>>>

A protester stands by the Turkish Embassy in Moscow. The poster reads: "Turkey, are you for or against ISIS?" Source: Anton Belitskiy / RIA Novosti

UPD 5:29 p.m.: Putin has labeled the downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft by the Turkish Air Force a crime.

"We will never tolerate such crimes like the one that was committed today," Putin said at negotiations with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

"Of course, we expect the international community ultimately to find the nerve to consolidate in combating the common evil," Putin said, adding that Moscow also expects active engagement of all Middle Eastern countries.

UPD 4:36 p.m.: State Duma Vice-Speaker Nikolai Levichev has asked the Federal Air Transport Agency head to consider the possibility of stopping flights between Russia and Turkey. Read more>>>

UPD 4:22 p.m.: The Russian military aircraft, which was shot down over Syria one kilometer from the Turkish border, posed no threat to Turkey, Vladimir Putin has said.

"Our pilots and our aircraft posed no threat whatsoever to the Turkish Republic. This thing is obvious. They were conducting anti-ISIL operations in northern Latakia, this is a mountainous area occupied by militants, coming mainly from the Russian Federation," Putin said at a meeting with King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan in Sochi.

The King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, and Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks at the residence "Bocharov Stream", Sochi, Nov. 24. Source: TASS

UPD 4:08 p.m.: Sukhoi Su-24 crash to have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

"Of course, we will very seriously analyze everything that has happened. And today's tragedy will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations," Putin said at a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Sochi.

UPD 2:36 p.m.: EU closely watching situation around Russian plane crash, trying to find out what actually happened - spokesman

UPD 1:48 p.m.: CNN Turk reported, with reference to its sources, that one pilot died and another pilot of the downed su-24 was captured by Syrian Turkmens.

UPD 1:30 p.m.: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov believes that it will be premature to speak about any possible worsening of relations between Russia and Turkey until the situation is fully clarified.

"At this point, it would be wrong to offer any assessments and suggestions, or draw any conclusions before we have the whole picture," Peskov told. "It is necessary to be patient. Indeed, it is a very serious accident. But, again, it is simply impossible to say anything without having all information. It would be wrong to do so," he added.

UPD 1:25 p.m.: Peskov: One may presume that Putin will touch upon Su-24 crash in Syria at negotiations with King of Jordan.

UPD 1:19 p.m.: Kremlin: It is impossible to speak about possibility of Moscow's use of article 51 of UN charter until Russian Defense ministry posts official statement on causes of Su-24 crash in Syria, says Dmitry Peskov.

"So far, we have not heard about the cause of the crash of our warplane from the Defense Ministry. We know for sure that the plane was flying in the Syrian airspace, above the Syrian territory. The Defense Ministry's statement used the word 'presumably'," Peskov told reporters answering a question whether Moscow could use Article 51 of the UN Charter, providing nations with the right to self-defense. "It is impossible to answer this question until specifying information is available," Peskov said.

The Russian Defense Ministry has reported the crash of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft in Syria on Nov. 24.

"A Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic crashed today, in the territory of Syria, presumably as a result of shelling from the ground," a representative of the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax.

The circumstances of the crash, which occurred while the plane was flying at an altitude of 20,000 feet, are being examined, though it is thought the pilots survived the incident.

"According to preliminary information, the pilots ejected themselves," the Defense Ministry representative said.

However, there is some uncertainty about whether the fighter was in Syrian airspace when it was shot down, with CNN Turkey reporting that the plane violated Turkish airspace and was shot down by the Turkish air force.

The Russian Defense Ministry has rejected these claims.

"The plane remained exclusively above the territory of Syria throughout the entire flight," the ministry said. 

Pilots of Su-24 that crashed in Syria ejected themselves, their fate is being found out, the ministry said.

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