17:17 GMT15 August 2020
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    Moscow pre-eminently pays attention to the West’s objective evaluation of the incident with the Russian Su-24 bomber, downed in the Syrian airspace, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – After the incident, a number of Western media outlets, including some German newspapers, reported the downing had happened over the Syrian territory.

    "We, certainly, first of all pay attention to the objective assessments that indicate, in the first place, that this attack on the Russian aircraft was carried out in the Syrian sky," Peskov told reporters, commenting on the Kremlin’s attitude to the Western countries’ reaction regarding the jet’s downing.

    On Tuesday, a Russian Su-24 jet crashed in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the plane was downed by an air-to-air missile launched by a Turkish F-16 jet over Syrian territory, falling 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the Turkish border.

    The Russian leader described the Turkish attack as a "stab in the back" carried out by "accomplices of terrorists." Ankara claimed that it downed the Russian airplane because it violated Turkish airspace, while Russian and Syrian authorities maintain the jet never violated Turkish airspace.


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