RUSSIA CUTS ALL MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH TURKEY AS WAR LOOMS
ALL MILITARY CONTACTS WITH TURKEY HAVE BEEN CUT FOLLOWING THE DOWNING OF RUSSIA’S SU-24 MILITARY JET, THE RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAID THURSDAY
“Today, in accordance with a previously made decision, all cooperation channels have been cut between the Russian Defense Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
“This concerns all ties, not just the so-called hotline that was launched in order to avoid possible air incidents during the destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Syria,” he added.
The decision has been made after Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday had shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which had been taking part in Russia’s anti-terror campaign in Syria.
Ankara claims it downed the Russian plane because it violated Turkish airspace. Contrary to Turkey’s allegations, the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace, citing precise objective control
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