Vladimir Putin: U.S. Implicated in Turkish Jet Downing
by MARY CHASTAIN
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of leaking the flight path of a downed Russian jet to Turkey, allowing the latter country to shoot it down.
“The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes’ flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time,” he said according to The Independent. “Why did we give this information to the Americans if they did not pass it along to the rest of the coalition?”
Turkish forces shot down a SU-24 bomber on Nov. 24 after the jet allegedly violated their airspace. The forces claim they sent the jet numerous warnings, but Russian officials said none were received. The Turkish military released audio of the warnings sent to the Russian plane the following day, but Russia said the recordings are fake.
Putin told the media that Russia is willing to “cooperate” with the West in Syria against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) but does not believe the West is ready to work with their coalition.
“At the moment, unfortunately, our partners are not ready to work within the format of single coalition,” said Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman.
If Russia and the U.S.-led coalition do work together, Putin warned, their ties would be fragile, given that one of the members of the coalition, Turkey, shot down their warplane on Nov. 24.
“We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States. But of course incidents like the destruction of our aircraft
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