MAJOR REPORT: Russian jet ‘shot down by Turkish forces after planes violated country’s airspace on Syrian bombing run’
Turkish forces are said to have shot down a Russian jet after it flew into the country’s airspace, according to unconfirmed reports on social media.
It has been claimed by eyewitnesses that there was a large explosion in Huraytan, northern Syria, while three fighter planes were seen overhead.
Rumours of a jet being shot out of the sky come amid heightening tensions between Russian president Vladimir Putin and the West.
It comes days after another Russian bomber violated Turkish airspace.
According to the Daily Express, one journalist tweeted that three Turkish planes had been responding to ‘mysterious’ lock-ons from MIG-29 jets, which are used by Putin’s forces.
Details of the reported incident emerged after the Pentagon announced that Russia had agreed to resume talks with the US on air safety during Syria bombing campaigns.
Press secretary Peter Cook said the talks were ‘likely to take place as soon as this weekend’.
Nato and the US have been alarmed at violations of Turkish air space by Russian planes.
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