Russian Foreign Ministry: By downing Russian plane Turkey took ISIS side

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Photoshot / Vostock Photo
Russian Foreign Minister and his Turkish counterpart had a phone conversation

The Turkish administration essentially took the side of ISIS as a result of the downing of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 plane by the country's Air Force, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"It was emphasized that by downing a Russian plane that was on a mission as part of the anti-terrorist operation conducted by the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria and that had not violated Turkish air space, the Turkish administration essentially took the side of ISIS," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report on the phone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart, which is available for viewing on the Russian Foreign Ministry website.

"Apparently, the action was deliberate and it was planned in advance, and it has very definite goals," the report says.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said "the minister in that regard recalled Turkey's involvement in illegal oil trade with ISIS, which is going through the area where the plane was downed, the terrorist infrastructure deployed there, the weapons and munitions warehouses, and command centers."

"Sergei Lavrov pointed out that this step will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations and will not be left without a response," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its report.

A Russian Su-24 bomber engaged in the operation against the terrorist group ISIS in Syria was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syrian airspace and fell in Syrian territory on Nov. 24.

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