has rejected Turkey’s claims that it did not know the plane it shot down
on the Syria border was Russian.
President Vladimir Putin said Russian planes were easily identifiable
and the jet’s flight co-ordinates had been passed on to Turkey’s ally,
Turkey’s president said earlier if it had known the plane was Russian
"maybe we would have warned it differently".
Mr Putin was speaking after meeting his French counterpart and
pledging closer co-operation against Islamic State.IS claimed the 13
November attacks in Paris which killed 130 people.
Russia and France have agreed to co-operate more closely in fighting
terrorism in Syria. The two countries will exchange intelligence on
Islamic State - and co-ordinate air strikes.
But differences remain over the fate of the Syrian leader. President
Hollande made it clear that Bashar al-Assad could play no role in his
country’s future. President Putin said that was up to the Syrian people
And there is no sign of the kind of "grand coalition" against terror
that France had been calling for, one that would include
America.Speaking at a news conference after the talks, President Putin
even suggested that Turkey had shot down the Russian bomber this week
after receiving information about its location from the US.
Two Russian servicemen died after the Russian SU-24 plane crashed into
a mountainside on Syrian soil on Tuesday after being hit by a missile
from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.The Turkish military said it sent
several warnings to the jet before firing, some 17 seconds after the
plane entered Turkish air space.
A surviving Russian pilot said he had received no such warning and was
adamant they did not stray out of Syrian air space.Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected calls by Russia to apologise, saying
Turkey does not need to say sorry for the violation of its airspace.
However, he told France 24 television: "If we had known it was a
Russian plane, maybe we would have warned it differently".
But Mr Putin insisted it was "impossible" for Turkey not to have known
it was shooting at a Russian plane. "It’s got insignia, and you can see
that.He went on: "In advance, in accordance with our agreement with the
US, we gave information on where our planes would be working - at what
altitude, and in what areas. Turkey is part of that coalition and they
had to know it was the Russian airforce working in that area.
"If it was an American aircraft, would they have struck?"
Mr Putin told the news conference he was ready to co-operate more
closely with the US-led coalition "but of course incidents like the
destruction of our aircraft and the deaths of our servicemen... are
Earlier on Thursday, Russia’s military suspended all communication
channels with the Turkish military, including a "hot line" to help avoid
Russia’s prime minister also warned the government was planning
wide-ranging economic sanctions against Turkey within the coming days.He
warned that food products, Turkish interests in Russia and a number of
joint investment projects could be affected.
Russia has also advised its nationals against visiting Turkey, and
urged those already there to return home "due to the terrorist threats
that remain on Turkish territory".
Turkey and Russia have important economic links. Russia is Turkey’s
second largest trading partner, while Turkey is the biggest foreign
destination for Russian tourists.