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Russia-Turkey ties grow cold over downed plane

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A Russian military aircraft has been shot down on the border with Syria by Turkish warplanes reports say.

Confirming the incident, Russian President, Vladimir Putin said the Su-24 was hit by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16s while it was flying over Syrian territory.
Putin felt disappointed at the incident and described it as a “stab in the back” committed by “accomplices of terrorists”.

Fortunately, the crew smartly ejected before the airplane crashed in the Lakatia province in Syria.

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However, Syrian rebels confirmed that at least one of the occupants of the ill-fated aircraft died in the crash.

It is the first time a Russian aircraft has crashed in Syria since Moscow launched air strikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in late September.

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