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Turkish Prime Minister: I Gave Order to Shoot Down Russia's Plane Myself

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As details continue to emerge about the downing of a Russian bomber along the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has admitted to personally giving the order to fire on the aircraft, Canadian news outlet ThinkPol reported.

Hours after the incident which destroyed a Russian Su-24 bomber and left one pilot dead, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went on the defensive, blaming an alleged incursion of Turkish airspace.

"We did not want this situation to happen, but everybody has to respect Turkey’s right to defend its borders," he told reporters, adding that the military’s actions were "fully in line with Turkey’s rules of engagement."

Many of the Turkish claims have already been called into question, raising doubts that the incident was a mere in-the-moment misunderstanding. Adding to that doubt are comments made by Davutoglu on Wednesday, in which he took direct responsibility for the crash.

"Despite all the warnings, we had to destroy the aircraft," he said during a meeting with his party, according to Canadian news site ThinkPol. "The Turkish Armed Forces carried out orders given by me personally."

Given the speed with which the incident occurred, it’s hard to know what to make of Davutoglu’s claim. According to the Turkish government’s own letter of explanation written to the United Nations Security Council, the military gave the Russian jet a series of warnings during a five-minute stretch, warning the pilots to move away from the border.

While the Russian Ministry of Defense has provided video evidence proving that the bomber never entered Turkish airspace, Ankara’s claim alleges that the incursion occurred for only 17 seconds.

It’s hard to imagine military personnel getting through to such a high-ranking government official, explaining the situation, and still having time to fire in a 17-second time frame.

Davutoglu’s statements seem to back up comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier on Wednesday, suggesting that the incident had been premeditated.

"We have serious doubts that it was unintentional, it looks like a planned provocation," he said. "We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards the Turkish people has not changed. We have questions only to the Turkish leadership."

In response, Turkey’s Western allies in NATO have urged for calm.

"What we are calling for now is calm and de-escalation," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday. "Diplomacy and de-escalation are important to resolve this question."

This was also echoed by US President Barack Obama, who told reporters "It’s very important for us right now to make sure both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other to find out exactly what happened and take measures to discourage any kind of escalation."

While one of the pilots was killed by ground fire after ejecting from the aircraft, the other, Captain Konstantin Murahtin, was rescued. Murahtin also denied that his plane ever entered Turkish airspace, and also refuted claims that Turkey had given multiple warnings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back by accomplices of terrorists."

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NATO, Su-24, airspace violation, Jens Stoltenberg, Vladimir Putin, Ahmet Davutoglu, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Syria, Russia
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  • Eudoxia
    Erdogan is a criminal period. In the words of Victoria Nuland F*((& the EU. Their lies are so transparent now they could only be believed by the absurd and the ridiculous. Erdogan has already been exposed assisting IS by Putin, so RTE throws his toys out of the cot and shoots down a Russian plane further establishing his complicity in aiding and abetting terrorists at the very least. Russia needs to take out the entire IS operation in short order commencing from the supply lines at the Turkish boarder. I am picturing a stunning delivery of Kalibers to these terrorists very soon.
  • adewallerin reply toRafal Zoledziewski(Show commentHide comment)
    Rafal Zoledziewski, I thought exactly that. The story is not credible the order if there was one was given in advance and thus the act premeditated and arranged.

    Perhaps President Putin would be kind enough to publish the banking details and off shore investments of the guilty parties.

    It would be much appreciated also if President Putin published everything Russia has on 911 and the globalist child abuse networks.

    A sort of NWO Christmas present
  • adewallerin reply toRafal Zoledziewski(Show commentHide comment)
    Rafal Zoledziewski, I thought exactly that. The story is not credible the order if there was one was given in advance and thus the act premeditated and arranged.

    Perhaps President Putin would be kind enough to publish the banking details and off shore investments of the guilty parties.

    It would be much appreciated also if President Putin published everything Russia has on 911 and the globalist child abuse networks.

    A sort of NWO Christmas present
  • cast235
    Russia should ignore them all.. Don't settle or backdown on this incident, or be like Syria. With Turkey incursions inside Russia and demanding article 5 , if Russia defend itself. Scary? Sanctions will begin first. Well Russia is having a SWIFT analogue soon. demand that other use it on business with Russia.
    Soon Russia gets own rating agency. All business inside EEU and CIS MUST use it... BRICS wants one.
    Creat new internet fron scratch for EEU, CIS, SCO, BRICS.. And MERCOSUR, Cuba ,Venezuela, Iran , Syria and many others that will use it.
    Q.E money should be use to by western partners investments in Russia. And allow after up to 45% and only allow less than 3% per costumer..
    Keep Ruble down between 50 and 125 to 1 dlr. For many years to come. Russia will adapt and overcome. NO privatization of banks!!!! Russia MUST own them.. Again sell 45% and less than 5% max to own by anyone. sanctioning countries should be prohibited from participating.
  • cast235
    Smile all it wants. IF Russia wants, Russia will win anyways. Once inside Syria guess who will give attack orders. And will be on the media laughing...
    Be ready boys. Wear helmets for the boys throwing rocks .
  • cast235
    Forgot...Trillions will be lost on Turkish stream. Forget Iran stream watch the mess and cry soon.
  • Hermes
    ........We have questions only to the Turkish leadership."..........

    A waste of time. They only tell you lies. That's why people call them the alllies.
    Tomorrow Russia has to start bombing the Turkmenian terrorists with everything they got and drive them back into Turkey where the belong. Turks won't like that but there is nothing they can do about it unless they want a real good trashing. Turkmen terrorists should have absolute priority with Russian Aerospace forces for a while.
  • Ayelyah
    like everyone is supposed to believe he was acting as a lone nut.....
  • vvj3080
    The epicenter for ISIS activities is in Turkey. Russia has all the justifications to reply in kind. Time for the announcement for full autonomy for the Kurds.
  • nuclearstarr
    Davutoglu just signed his own death warrant with this admission.
  • Zhukov
    The Turk stooge was told by Obama that the US would stand behind him. The US neocon establishment has already threatened Moscow with " ... Russian planes will soon be falling from the sky ".
  • geraldoluislino
    The math doesn't add, so the Turkish govt is simply insulting everyone's intelligence. They say that the Su-24 was warned ten times in five minutes. On the other hand, their UN representative said that the Russian jet just entered the Turkish air space for 17 seconds. So, we must assume that during the remaining 283 seconds it was flying in the Syrian air space. If so, what right the Turkish fighters or air control had in order to warn an aircraft flying in the other side of the border? All this is bullshit.
  • Ivan Buckeye
    Perhaps Davutoglu should've said, "I gave the order to shoot myself in the foot". What a tool.
  • Ivan Buckeyein reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
    Cast235, yes, Russia will more than likely overcome the sanctions and military misadventures of Nato. Sanctions against Russia can be seen as a blessing in disguise, for these sanctions and ill-will of the US force Russia to stand on its own, develop from within the nation, create sustainable farming, technology, and less dependent on others.
  • nadezhdochka_25
    such a weird guy.where did they find him?in mental rehab?
  • Very brave of the PM.He just imprisoned himself as the Russians will hunt him all his life.
  • Blackie
    Really?,.."in under 17 seconds".
  • David Sheremetev
    This smacks of Turk disinformation. Would Turkey risk war with Russia (and getting wiped out because of it) by doing what it did? I doubt it.

    Now, if the monster USA instructed Turkey to do it, then it may not fear repercussion... how wrong they are.

    USA/NATO will abandon the rogue Erdogan regime and Russia will, have no doubt about it, Russia will force Turkey to either apologise and admit their mistake or cripple Turkey through a multitude of acts reserved for enemy states.

    Only question I have regarding Erdogan the Islamofascist is where do the gallows get built? Damascus or Ankara?
  • Tactical Investor in reply toBlackie (Show commentHide comment)
    d-hgar,
    "Yes" ... they are clearly trying to make fun of Russia.
    Sadly, it's not the first time that some country suffers from ill president, king, imperator or sultan
  • Blackie
    @tacticalinvestor -Erdogan gave the order to shoot the plane SU-24, but I know it was re-planned
    and could not be discussed in 17 seconds.All lies against Russia always lies .
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