Putin claims US knew flight path of plane downed by Turkey

DAILY SABAH WITH AFP
ISTANBUL
Published 26.11.2015 23:51
Updated 27.11.2015 00:51
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference after the meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference after the meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Thursday that Russia had given prior information to the United States of the flight path of the plane downed by Turkey on the Syrian border.

"The American side knew about the location and time of our planes' flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time," Putin said at a joint press conference with French counterpart Francois Hollande in the Kremlin.

Ahead of the Hollande talks, Putin said he was waiting for an apology from Turkey over the downing of the fighter jet.

However, President Erdoğan ruled out any such move, saying " "those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize. Our pilots and our armed forces, they simply fulfilled their duties, which consisted of responding to violations of the rules of engagement."

On November 24, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on an aerial patrol intercepted a Russian warplane within rules of engagement when it violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.

The Russian warplane received 10 warnings about its violation within five minutes before it was shot down.

This was not the first time Russian warplanes had violated Turkish airspace. In October, Russian warplanes violated Turkish airspace. Russian officials had apologized and pledged that such incidents would not reoccur in the future.

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