Turks Shot Russia Jet Involved in Recent Coup: Turkish Deputy PM

Turks Shot Russia Jet Involved in Recent Coup: Turkish Deputy PM
Sun Jul 24, 2016 15:21:20

The Turkish deputy prime minister says pilots involved in the downing of a Russian jet last November had a role in the recent failed coup in Turkey.

“I would like to make it clear for the Russian public opinion that the pilots who downed the Russian aircraft were later involved in the military coup attempt. Thus, we have faced a certain secret plan,” Mehmet Simsek said on Saturday.

The remarks suggesting that the downing of the Russian jet was part of “a secret plan” comes even as the Turkish government vehemently defended the downing of the Sukhoi Su-24 bomber back in November 2015.

It insisted at the time that the Turkish military was justified in shooting down the plane because it had “violated” Turkish airspace.

Then-Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said back then that the military’s downing of the Russian plane was “fully in line with Turkey’s rules of engagement.”   

Simsek further said the downing of the Russian aircraft “was not political.”

“We are happy that friendly relations between Russia and Turkey are restoring. Russia is a major neighbor and trade partner. We pay special attention to all-out Russo-Turkish relations, not just trade, mutual investment and tourism,” Simsek said.

A crisis emerged in relations between the Ankara and Moscow after Turkey shot down the Russian bomber on November 24, 2015 as it was conducting an anti-ISIS mission in Syria. Turkey said the jet violated its airspace, a claim that Russia has rejected, Press TV reported.


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