18:33 GMT04 August 2020
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    Russia is waiting to receive explanations from Turkey concerning its downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia is still expecting to receive explanations from Turkey concerning its downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    "Of course, we are still waiting for an explanation, realistic explanations from the Turkish side," Peskov told reporters.

    Peskov added that it would be "very difficult" to fix the devastating damage the incident caused to the Russian-Turkish bilateral relations.

    "This is a very serious accident with very serious, inevitable consequences… Of course, we very much valued our bilateral relations, relations of real partnership, mutually beneficial and very promising," the Kremlin spokesman said.

    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.

    Ankara claimed that it downed the Russian airplane because it violated Turkish airspace. Contrary to Turkey’s allegations, the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 plane never crossed into Turkish airspace and was shot down over Syrian territory.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin described the Turkish attack as a "stab in the back" carried out by "accomplices of terrorists."


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