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SU-24 Crash: Turkey Releases Audio Recording of Warnings to Russian Jet

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Turkey has released an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian military jet before it was shot down on the Syrian border.

“Change your heading south immediately,” a voice says in English.

The Turkish military said it had tried to rescue the SU-24 bomber’s two pilots.

One of the pilots was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from the burning plane.

The other pilot was rescued. He denied claims the warplane had violated Turkish airspace and warnings had been given.

The Russian warplane crashed into a mountainside on Syrian soil after being hit by a missile from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet on November 24.

Tensions have escalated between Turkey and Russia over the incident, with Russian President Vladimir Putin describing it as a “stab in the back” and warning of “serious consequences”.


Moscow later broke off military contacts with Ankara and said it would deploy its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system in Syria to destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes. It also said fighter jets would now escort its bombers during air strikes over Syria.

On November 26, Russia said it would impose stricter controls on food and agriculture imports from Turkey. A Russian official said some 15% of Turkish agricultural produce fell short of Russian standards, with excessive levels of pesticides, nitrates and nitrites.

The US, the EU and the UN have all appealed for calm.Russia SU 24 jet crash

France’s President Francois Hollande is travelling to Moscow on November 26 to shore up support for action against ISIS, which killed 130 people in attacks in Paris on November 13.

The Turkish military said it had given 10 warnings to the Russian plane before it was shot down in Turkish airspace.

Turkish officials also say they did not know the warplane was Russian until they had shot it down.

On November 25, the Turkish military also put out a statement saying it had been in touch with Russian military attaches to explain the rules of engagement that led to the incident and that it had tried to rescue the pilots.

Turkey said it was ready for “all kinds of co-operation” with Moscow over the incident.

The surviving Russian pilot said on November 25 no warning had been given by Turkey.

Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin also stressed there was “no way” the jet could have violated Turkish airspace, as Ankara said it did.

He knew the region “very well”, he said, and the jet had not been in Turkish airspace “even for a second”.

Russia said the pilot was rescued from rebel-held territory in north-eastern Syria in a 12-hour operation involving Russian and Syrian Special Forces.

A Russian marine was also killed and a helicopter destroyed by rebels during the operation.

Syrian rebels released a video apparently showing the dead body of the second pilot, who was identified by Russia as Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov.

Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin was speaking from the Hmeymim airbase, where Russia’s aircraft are based.

Russia has been carrying out air strikes against opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since late September.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the action by the country’s military, saying “everyone must respect the right of Turkey to protect its borders”.

He said he did not want to escalate tensions further.

Turkey is a member of NATO. The alliance has backed Turkey’s version of events, although it, too, is calling for “diplomacy and de-escalation” to resolve the situation.

Russia and Turkey have found themselves on opposing sides in Syria’s conflict, with Russia supporting President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey is a staunch critic.

Turkey is also part of the US-led coalition against ISIS.

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