MOSCOW, November 26. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin is convinced that the attempts of some countries “play footsie” with terrorists will backfire on themselves.
“Those who apply against terrorists, the double standards, uses them to achieve their political goals, conducts illegal business, playing with fire, he said, following talks with President of France Francois Hollande. – History shows that such actions sooner or later backfire by supporters”.
Speaking about the incident with su-24 on the border of Syria and Turkey, the Russian President stressed that Russia did not expect attacks from Turkey, considering it a friendly state.
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“We never thought that we can get a bump from that country that we considered an ally,” said the Russian leader. He explained that the Russian aircraft operated vulnerable to attacks from fighters.
According to him, “if we came up with the idea that it is possible” that Russia would have long ago deployed in Syria air defense system of type s-400 and have used other means to protect their airplanes.
However, Moscow proceeded from the fact that the Russian aviation works on the heights, “which may not reach the criminal hand of terrorists,” Putin said, Recalling that terrorist groups have no military equipment capable of shooting down planes at the height of 3-4 thousand meters.
On the protection of Russian aircraft
Now, continued Putin, after the death of Russian troops, Russia will provide security for its aircraft. “So we launched a modern system With-400, it acts over long distances and is one of the most efficient systems of its kind in the world,” – said the head of state. “But we will not limit ourselves to, – Putin said. – If necessary, we will accompany our aircraft and fighters, by other means, including the means of electronic warfare”.
The Russian President stressed that remedies many aviation and the armed forces now will be to use them.
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According to Vladimir Putin, the Russian Federation will hold serious consultations with the US on how information was used, the aircraft HQs of the Russian Federation in Syria.
“We have informed our American partners about how, where, when, and at what echelons will be working with our pilots. The American party, which heads the coalition, which includes Turkey, knew about the place and time of stay of our aircraft and it was there, and in that time we got hit.”, – Putin said. “The question is – why do we have this information passed to the Americans?”, he added.
“Of course we with our partners will have on this enough to conduct serious consultations”, – concluded the President of the Russian Federation.
Russia regrets that Turkey “‘t even apologize for that”
The Russian leader also called “nonsense and excuses” statements from the Turkish air force that they could not recognize the Russian su-24.
“About our aircraft, which allegedly did not recognize the Turkish air force is excluded, it is impossible. They have markings and they are very visible. This is our aircraft, and not some others,” he said.
The Russian leader has noticed that Russia “in advance in accordance with the agreement with the American side provided information about where you will operate our aircraft, at what levels, in what place and at what time”.
“We believe that the current coalition, Turkey is a member of this coalition and should know that works there is Russian aviation. What else? – was surprised to hear Putin. – What if they find out it’s an American plane, would hurt the U.S.? It’s all nonsense. These excuses”.
The Russian leader expressed regret that instead of dealing seriously, deeply, to work to prevent this from happening ever again, “we hear such vague explanations and statements that not even apologize for that”. “Well, it’s not our choice, is the choice of the Turkish side”, – concluded the head of state.
French President Francois Hollande, in turn, said that the incident with su-24 is a serious incident, and France regretted it.
HQs of the Russian Federation and the Syrian army intensified attacks on the Soviet su-24
The President also added that the Syrian army HQs and the Russian Federation have intensified strikes on the death of Russian su-24, it’s reasonable
“Yes, indeed, the armed forces and Syria, using systems of volley fire, which we delivered recently for the Syrian army, in coordination with the actions of our aircraft intensified attacks on this phase, just after we received credible information that one of the soldiers died and the second we were able to save, – Putin said. – And how differently? It was supposed to be.”
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“They fulfilled their duty before the Motherland, to Russia directly. We believe it is reasonable that there have strengthened our aviation and contributed to the work of our troops,” he said.
In this regard, the Russian leader noted that in the Kremlin to hear about the tribes that are close to Turkey. “First of all, the question arises, what on this site do members of the Turkish terrorist organizations who put themselves in the camera, and then spread themselves in the network? Second – that on this site come from Russia, who are wanted for crimes, which definitely belong to the category of international terrorists,” Putin said. The Russian leader stressed that “our soldiers worked in this square to prevent the return of these people to Russia to commit crimes”.
With regard to the execution of the humanitarian convoy, according to Putin, humanitarian organization, which is referred to by the Turkish authorities, has already announced that its pillars, its representatives in this time and in this place was not. “I admit that there was some kind of convoy, but certainly not peaceful, – said the President. If there was some kind of column, perhaps in accordance with international law, it was necessary to agree on what the column where she goes, what she does? If nothing is done. we suspect that the column was, but not with humanitarian cargo”. According to him, this is another sign of complicity to the international terrorism.
About the relations with Turkey
The President stressed that Russia is not going to intervene in the fate of (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, but regrets the thoughtless destruction Ankara bilateral relations.
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“This is absolutely not our business-it’s the Turkish people”, – said the head of the Russian state.
In an interview with French TV channel France-24, Erdogan said that his country “has never been this kind of trade (oil) with terrorist organizations. “If the Russian side will prove it, Tayyip Erdogan will resign from his post, it’s a matter of honor”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Russian leader is sorry. that the Turkish authorities “recklessly and foolishly” destroyed an unprecedented level of cooperation with Russia made over the past 10 years.
“This is a serious incident, and are sorry that it happened, said the French leader. – I talked about this and the President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, and to President (Vladimir) Putin”. According to Hollande, “in this place and at this time, to avoid any risk and possible recurrence of such incidents”.
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