Today: Tuesday, 5 March 2024 year

Turkey Shot Down Russian Warplane Citing Airspace Violation

Turkish military aircraft shot down Tuesday a Russian military plane near to the Syrian border saying its airspace has been violated. However, Moscow denies of it with claims to prove its jet was within the Syrian air space.

According to Turkish presidential sources, the shot down jet was a Russian-made SU-24. Origin of the aircraft is not yet confirmed, but Turkish military said warnings were sent several times in the space of 5 minutes about violating the airspace.

Russian Ministry of Defense meanwhile have confirmed one of its warplanes had been shot down and it is likely due to shelling from the ground.

As Turkey is a member of NATA, the shot down of warplane may strain relations between Russia further with the West.

It is said the jet was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.

Meanwhile, warplanes of Russia, Syria and US-led coalition are bombarding ISIS sites across Syria.