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    Russian upper house speaker said that Moscow is expecting an apology from Turkey for shooting down its Su-24 Fencer bomber.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia is expecting an apology from Turkey for shooting down its Su-24 Fencer bomber over Syria, Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said Wednesday.

    “We expect apologies from Turkey, the acknowledgment of an illegal act, and compensation for damages to Russia and the families of the officers killed,” Matvienko said.

    She added that “this crime will not go unanswered and will definitely have an influence on relations with Turkey.”

    On Tuesday, a Russian Su-24 aircraft 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. Putin described the Turkish attack as a "stab in the back" carried out by "accomplices of terrorists."

    Ankara claimed it downed the Russian plane because it had violated Turkish airspace. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 was downed in the Syrian airspace and never crossed into the Turkish one, in accordance with precise objective control data.

    Soon after the incident, Moscow said that the incident could significantly sour Russia-Turkey relations.

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