United Nations Representative Matthew Rycroft will give a statement in New York on Tuesday, November 24. Although the UN gathering was already planned, Rycroft may comment on the downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet over Syria by two Turkish F-16s that occurred on the same day.
Turkey struck down a Russian warplane Tuesday, declaring it had violated Turkish airspace and disregarded recurrent warnings. Russia dismissed that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish airspace.
“We are looking into the circumstances of the crash of the Russian jet,” Russia’s Defense Ministry stated. “The Ministry of Defense would like to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight.”
Russia mentioned the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey said that its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it disregarded numerous warnings. The ministry reported the pilots parachuted but included that Moscow had no further contact with them.
Video clips of the event revealed a warplane on fire before crashing on a hill and two crew members seemingly parachuting safely.