MOSCOW, November 26. The statement of the President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan that the country protect the rights of their “brothers”, forcing down a Russian plane over Syria, sounds like a confession in the worst – aiding and abetting the terrorists. Such opinion was voiced on Thursday to journalists by the Chairman of the state Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya.
The MP stressed that the only one who was threatened by Russian pilots, the terrorists.
“Therefore, Erdogan’s statement that Turkey was protecting his “brothers”, sounded like a confession in the worst – aiding and abetting the terrorists,” she said.
“Besides, crumbled initially improbable version about the alleged intersection of our plane the border of Turkey. Video and message of the survivors of Navigator expose the crime committed by Ankara,” said Yarovaya.
The head of the Duma Committee believes that this is the case when committed not just a crime, but a historical error. “Erdogan attacked the friends and defenders of the world, killed the Russian pilot had undermined the trust and reputation of their country. But did not kill the resolve of our Navigator and all Russia to fight terrorism”, – concluded the MP.
A fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 on Tuesday shot down a Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.
The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for Russian-Turkish relations. According to the head of state, the Turkish air force attack on the Russian plane, which was involved in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, is a “stab in the back” of Russia.
The crew of su-24M managed to eject, but one of the two pilots was killed by ground fire. The second pilot rescued and taken to base. In search of the pilots was attended by two helicopters Mi-8. One of the cars came under fire and made an emergency landing. One marine soldier was killed. The others aboard the helicopter were evacuated and are safe. Downed Mi-8 was subsequently destroyed by mortar fire from the territory controlled by the militants.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 25 said that Turkey does not seek an escalation of the incident with the Russian su-24 bomber. He continued to insist that Turkey is “simply provided its own security and protect the rights of our brothers (Turkmens Syrian – ed.)”.