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    Two Pilots Who Shot Down Russian Su-24 Arrested in Turkey - Reports

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    The bomber was shot down last November. Turkey claimed the Russian plane entered its airspace, while Russia categorically denied these accusations.

    "Two Turkish pilots who shot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border were taken into custody, according to a senior Turkish official speaking on condition of anonymity," Bloomberg reports, citing a high-level Turkish official.

    It was reported earlier that at least one of the pilot's responsible for downing the Russian jet took part in last week's failed Turkish coup attempt.

    The shooting down of the jet led Moscow led to a crisis in relations between Moscow and Ankara. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back" and imposed a number of restrictive measures against Ankara, repeatedly calling on the Turkish government to apologize and cover any material losses to the pilot's family.

    Putin signed a decree last month that lifted sanctions against Turkey, following an apology from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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    • james
      if erdogan wants to make amends with russia- this is his big chance. give them two to russia.
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      the quid pro quo...
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      They were jailed for the coup NOT the downing jet, said here and other sources. But this raises the question, what was behind that jet shoot. There were two jets , one went down. Because it was on neutral modes.
      And TURKMEN were waiting and killing them. And were waiting for the pilots, Strange? Yes Erdogan claimed , Turkey was not planning a Russian attack. Maybe a SYRIAN attack?
      The NATO was at it LYING as always, saying the planes was shot down inside Turkey. Russia have radars and satellites and cane REALLY tell the truth.

      Hopefully, NATO won't be that NAIVE to get inside Russia. Russia maybe ITCHING for a pay back. And NATO would be beyond STUPID to tray or attempt an attack on Russia.

      To make matters worst is the part where Erdogan went apologize with Russia. This in return may had trigger the events. Just like when Yanukovish refused to sign the E.U deal, and was told. "Is ok the next president will sign it". The coup began. The words to trigger the coup? Ukraine is more in Europe than in Russia.
      Another Gorbachev's STUPIDITY.
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      Oopsie daisy! I suppose those two thought they were on the right side of MURDER for a while!
      Funny how things can change in an instant!
      They should've gone to Syria for a vacation.
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      My pick of the FB posts that lines up the dots.

      Erdogan spoke of a 'parallel' government, meaning a group of persons who were following the dictates of the Americans and not the Turkish government. These pilots are part of this parallel government.
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!
      Very strange how they suddenly find these two pilots after a attempted coup. More so, where have they been since the Russian fighter was shot down??? Is Erdogan going to use them as a peace offering to Russia???
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