Russia warned Tuesday that there would be "inevitable consequences" for Turkey after the country's military downed a Russian plane that flew into Turkish airspace from Syria. According to Russian news agency TASS, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia was not threatening military consequences, but that "[Putin] stressed inevitability of consequences after such unfriendly actions of the Turkish side." Meanwhile, a senior Russian official said that Russia will suspend military cooperation with Turkey because of the attack earlier in the day.
According to Russian news site RT, Russian General Staff senior official Sergey Rudskoy called the Russian plane's downing "a severe violation of international law."He said that no attempts were made to contact the Russian pilots aboard before the jet was attacked, contrary to Turkey's claim that it warned the pilots 10 times of air space violations before shooting the plane down.Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.Footage from private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk TV showed the warplane going down in flames in a woodland area, a long plume of smoke trailing behind it. The plane went down in an area known by Turks as "Turkmen Mountain," it said.Separate footage from Turkey's Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed. A Syrian rebel group sent a video to Reuters that appeared to show one of the pilots immobile and badly wounded on the ground and an official from the group said he was dead.Reuters contributed to this report.
Video purporting to show Turkish F16s shooting down warplane