Russians shooting Turkish jets over Syria - "aggression"
Russia using its freshly deployed S-400 air defense systems in Syria to shoot down Turkish jets in Syrian airspace would represent "aggression."Source: Sputnik
This is what Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told CNN, Sputnik is reporting.
"This kind of an incident which may happen of course will further push us to take measures. Of course it will be an aggression against our rights of sovereignty and it is a natural right of (Turkey) to protect those rights," Erdogan said.
He added that Ankara would not apologize for shooting down a Russian Su-24 on Tuesday, claiming that it violated its airspace, while Russia insist that the plane did not cross into Turkey, Sputnik said.
Erdogan also said that he asked to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris on November 30, but got no response. Putin said later he never received the invitation to meet from Erdogan.
Meanwhile, Sputnik is quoting Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper as reporting on Friday, citing diplomatic sources, that Turkey has suspended its Air Force flights over Syria in the international coalition campaign in the fight against the Islamic State after the downing of the Russian bomber.
Vladimir Putin described that incident as a "stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists."
The Russian Defense Ministry decided in the wake of the incident that in the future Russian jets in Syria, who have been launching air strikes against terrorists since September 30, will operate protected by the S-400 systems and the Moskva ("Moscow") missile cruiser.
The deployment of the S-400s:
#СИРИЯ Зенитный ракетный комплекс С-400 заступил на боевое дежурство по противовоздушной обороне на авиабазе #Хмеймим#SYRIA S-400 AA missile system has been put on air defence combat duty at the #Hmeymim airbasePosted by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on Thursday, November 26, 2015