PARIS, November 30. U.S. President Barack Obama expressed regret in connection with incident with the Russian su-24 at the meeting with the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin, said Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
“Obama expressed regret in connection with incident with the Russian plane that was shot down by Turkish military aircraft in Syria,” Peskov said.
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.
The presidents of Russia and the United States discussed the situation in Syria and Ukraine
In his words, “the nuances discussed and Syria, Putin and Obama spoke out in favour of a move to the beginning of a political settlement”. “It was also said in Ukraine, noting the need for speedy implementation of the Minsk agreements”.
Peskov said that a separate meeting with Obama has been agreed on the morning of 30 November. It took about half an hour, and in his estimation, “was very rich”.
Obama: Assad must go
In turn, the White house announced that the President of the United States stated during the meeting with the head of the Russian state that the withdrawal of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must be part of the political transition in Syria.
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“Obama told Putin that he believes that in the framework of the political transition in Syria, Assad must leave his post”, – quotes its words Reuters.
According to the White house, Obama “emphasized a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine,” and reiterated Washington’s position that “sanctions against Russia may be withdrawn, in case of implementation of the Moscow Minsk agreements”.
The U.S. leader also noted the importance of the air strikes on militants grouping “Islamic state” (IG) in Syria, not the rebels opposing Assad. “The two presidents discussed the need to promote the results of the Vienna process (to resolve the situation in Syria – approx.) to achieve a ceasefire and a political settlement of the civil war in Syria,” – said the Agency interlocutor. He pointed out that during the half-hour meeting, both politicians agreed that heads of their foreign ministries will continue to work on the diplomatic process in resolving the Syrian crisis.
“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).