The navigator of the Russian warplane downed by Turkey on Nov. 25 told his side of story: no warnings were made before they were attacked. Russian intelligence reported the same. The revelation catapulted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims that they were backstabbed. Turkey could only release garbled audio recording of the supposed warnings it made.
“In actual fact, there were no warnings at all. Neither through the radio, nor visually, so we did not at any point adjust our course,” Captain Konstantin Murakhtin told press. “As it was, the missile hit the back of our plane out of nowhere. We didn’t even have time to make an evasive maneuver,” the captain said.
He was adamant that it was impossible for them to violate Turkey’s airspace even for a second. He said he knew the mission like he knew the back of his hand. “We we’re flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters in completely clear weather,” the captain said. “You need to understand the difference in speed between a tactical bomber like a Su-24, and that of the F16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have sat on our wing.”
Turkey was equally adamant that it issued a warning ten times before attacking. However, the only thing that could back up this claim is a garbled audio recording released by the Turkish military. In the recording obtained by BBC, a voice is faintly heard saying, “Change your heading south immediately.”
As reported by Morning News USA, the downing of the Russian jet sparked fears that World War 3 has actually began. Mr. Putin has already deployed a missile cruiser in Turkish border, disappointed that the incident took place after signing an agreement with America. Turkey is in Syria as part of the U.S.-led coalition. He also suspected that the downing of the Russian jet was made because Russia discovered that large funding for the ISIS is coming from Turkey via oil trade.
Turkey, on the other hand, has turned for help from NATO, and the latter could invoke article 5 which states that an attack to an ally is an attack to the alliance. President Barack Obama, though, called for de-escalation and hinted that the Russian president was at fault. NATO has 28 member countries. Russia has China, Brunei and Iran on its side.
Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian Defense Ministry reported the initial findings from the objective monitoring data. Investigations revealed that the Russian aircraft did not cross the Turkish borderline. Data received from the Syrian Air Defence Forces confirmed the fact as well, Rudskoy said. Worst, radar reconnaissance data registered that Syrian airbase was violated by the attacking aircraft of the Turkish Air Force.
“This fact is assessed as a flagrant violation of international law with extremely grave consequences and the direct breach of Memorandum on air incident prevention and flight safety over the Syrian Arab Republic, which had been signed by the USA and relevant for all countries of the coalition, including Turkey,” Rudskoy outlined.
On that note, the lieutenant general said that “all potentially dangerous targets will be destroyed. Contacts with Turkey will be terminated at the military level.”