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Turkish Envoy to Russia Slammed Over Downing of Su-24 in Syria

The Turkish ambassador to Russia has been given a strong protest after Ankara downed a Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber in Syrian airspace, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

“The Turkish ambassador has received a serious rap over the incident involving the Russian aircraft and was given an [official] protest,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber was shot down by two Turkish F-16s Tuesday morning while conducting operations over Syria, where Moscow has been targeting the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group. One of the pilots has been confirmed dead by Russian authorities, shot by rebel ground units after ejecting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a "stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists."

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