GROZNY, December 29. The head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said that Turkey had no reason to shoot down the su-24 bomber of the Russian air group in Syria.
“Turkey had no reason to shoot down the plane, but there were dozens of opportunities to prevent this error In the end, they spoiled relations with Russia and have achieved nothing”, – he told journalists in Grozny.
“Turkey acted cowardly by shooting down our plane, and the pilot, whom they killed, was also out. In Russia there are 26 million Muslims, and this meanness was committed, including against us,” – said Kadyrov.
The head of Chechnya reminded that Turkey is by Constitution a secular state, where Christians live.
“In Russia many things are more consistent with the canons of Islam, than in Turkey”, – said Kadyrov. – Also remember that the Chechens are the third largest nation in Russia. We are part of this state and are interested in the stability and prosperity of our Motherland”.
The attack on the Russian su-24M and its consequences
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.
In response, the defense Ministry said the su-24M was in the skies over Syria and crossed the border by the Turkish aircraft. The crew of the downed bomber managed to eject, however, commander Oleg Peshkov was killed by ground fire. Navigator Konstantin Muratina saved the Russian military and taken to a Russian base. During the operation to evacuate the pilots of the su-24M was lost helicopter Mi-8. In the death of a marine-contract employee Alexander Pozynich.
Putin called the attack a Turkish air force aircraft of the Russian Federation, who participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, “the stab in the back” of Russia.
The Russian head of state on 28 November signed a decree on the temporary ban from 1 January 2016 to hire workers from among the citizens of Turkey. With the new year also suspends the agreement with Turkey on visa-free regime. A ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain goods from Turkey (the list will be determined by the government). In addition, it is not recommended to tour operators to sell trips to Turkey. The government was instructed to strengthen control over the activities of the Turkish road carriers on the territory of Russia in order to ensure security.