NOVO-Ogaryovo, November 27. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin called the heroes of the Russian Marines that rescued downed in Syria, pilot su-24.
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Putin has signed the decree about rewarding crews su-24M and a search helicopter
“They are true heroes,” the President said at a meeting with activists of the Russian popular front (onf).
In response to the meeting the gratitude in his address for the operation in Syria, Putin said: “Thank you, first of all, the people who conducted this operation”.
Speaking about the incident with the attack su-24 and the operation to rescue its crew, the President recalled that conducted this operation the Marines risked their lives and one of them died saving his comrade in arms.
Attack on Russian military aircraft
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.