Russian economy’s stable growth of 4% may be reached in 2-3 years — presidential aideBusiness & Economy May 25, 4:36
Nearly half of Ukrainians don’t trust president, government and parliament — opinion pollWorld May 25, 2:25
Six ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day — Russian reconciliation centerWorld May 25, 2:15
Slovakia confirms sanctions against Russia not efficient — ministerRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 21:40
Russian jet sales to Egypt depend on Russia-Egypt air service resumption — ministerBusiness & Economy May 24, 21:29
Privatization of 19.5% stake in Rosneft may provide $10.5 bln to budget — ministerBusiness & Economy May 24, 21:14
Russia not to introduce restrictions on import of medicines — ministerDomestic Policy May 24, 20:56
More and more Russian companies offer Eurobonds on market — ministerBusiness & Economy May 24, 20:50
Two Russian mobile hospitals join WHO’s Emergency Medical Team InitiativeSociety & Culture May 24, 20:41
MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. The Turkish official’s statement indicating awareness of the number of sorties flown by Russian aircraft in Syria can be regarded as "the official acknowledgement" of the pre-planned operation to destroy Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24M warplane, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.
He recalled that Turkish media had published a statement citing government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus, which provided accurate data on the number of sorties flown by Russian aircraft in Syria.
"This confirms the fact that all information, which we transfer to the American side within the framework of the memorandum, has surely been handed over by the U.S. Air Force command to Turkey’s General Staff," Konashenkov said.
"Thus, on November 24, when a Turkish fighter jet treacherously attacked our Su-24 bomber with a missile, Turkey’s General Staff was well aware of the time and the area where a pair of Russian bombers would carry out a combat task," he noted.
According to him, the Turkish official’s statement "may be regarded as a formal acknowledgement by Turkey of the pre-planned operation to destroy the Russian aircraft in the sky over Syria and kill the Russian military servicemen," Konashenkov said.
The Russian Su-24M bomber was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet over Syrian territory on November 24. One of the pilots died, another was rescued. In addition to that, a Mi-8 helicopter was lost during the operation to evacuate the crew and a marine contractor was killed. Ankara claimed that the Russian aircraft had violated Turkey’s airspace, but the Russian Defense Ministry has refuted the allegations.