BRUSSELS, 1 December. /Corr. Denis Dubrovin/. Version Turkey about the circumstances of the destruction of the Russian bomber su-24 did not meet even the regulations of NATO, which member is Turkey. This was announced today by Russia’s permanent representative at NATO Alexander Grushko, commenting on the position of the Alliance regarding this incident.
“The statement of the NATO Council dated October 5, in connection with the so-called “violations” by Russian planes in Turkish airspace refers to “NATO practices”, according to which a Turkish fighter plane approached the so-called “criminal”, had identified him and escorted up to the moment of exit from the airspace of the country. In the case of the incident on 24 November (when it was destroyed su-24), even if accept on faith the unsubstantiated version of violation of its airspace, NATO these regulations were not followed. Because according to the statements of Ankara, the pilots didn’t know whose plane violated the airspace. How and on what basis it was decided to launch on defeat aircraft in the airspace of Syria and posed no threat to Turkey, NATO prefer not to go. It is clear why”, – said Russian permanent representative.
The Alliance covered Ankara
Grushko also said that NATO is “politically closed” Ankara in the incident with the destruction of the Turkish air force Russian su-24 in Syria, so the Alliance is responsible for it.
“NATO, not giving a principled assessment of this wrongful act, in fact, politically covered Ankara – a member of the Alliance, and therefore responsible for the incident,” – said Grushko.
The attack on the Russian su-24M
November 24, fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 shot down Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.
The crew of a military aircraft managed to eject, but one of the two pilots was killed by ground fire. The second pilot was rescued. 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.
In the Russian defense Ministry said the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory, and that violations of its airspace was not.
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 involved in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and posed a threat to Turkey, is a “stab in the back” of Russia.