NICOSIA (Sputnik) — Moscow considers Turkey's attack on its Su-24 aircraft to be a hostile act, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
"An unprovoked incident took place, hostile against the Russian Federation. That is how we assess it," Lavrov told reporters at a joint press conference with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.
One of the pilots of the Russian jet, Oleg Peshkov, was killed by fire from the ground after ejecting, while the co-pilot was rescued and returned to the Russian airbase near Latakia, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Russian President Vladimir Putin described the attack as a "stab in the back" carried out by "accomplices of terrorists." Moscow imposed a series of economic restrictions on Turkey in response to the incident.