Today, the Russian military plane Su-24 has been shot down over the territory of Syria. The Military department of Turkey claims that the Russian plane was shot down by the Turkish fighter F-16 as a result of the country’s airspace violation, but the Russian Defense Ministry states that pictures from the outer space belie the fact of violation of the Turkish border. Turkey continues to save the IS, and the destruction of the Russian military aircraft is the continuation of this chain, — says Yevgeny Satanovskiy, President of the Middle East Institute.
«For a country that trades with IS terrorists and carries their transit to Syria through its territory, the destruction of the Russian military aircraft, of course, is legal,» — mentions Satanovskiy in his interview to RUSARMINFO. According to the expert, Turkey targets the forces fighting against terrorists and considers the north of Syria its own territory. «In this situation, the actions of the Russian aerospace are certainly contrary to the interests of Ankara, since they are aimed at the destruction of the terrorists, and in this situation, Erdogan is behaving himself inappropriately,» says Yevgeny Satanovskiy. Note: The top leadership of Turkey has confirmed the destruction of the Russian fighter, but so far it has refrained to assess the situation.