Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the issue about Turkey’s downing of the Russian jet in Syria during his participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris, France. World leaders agreed that there was no need, or any valid reason, for Turkey to shoot down Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24 bomber.
“As for the downed Russian jet, of course I raised that theme at all the bilateral meetings which I had. I gave relevant explanations about what happened. All the colleagues listened very attentively and most of them at least share the opinion that there had been no need to attack the unprotected Russian bomber, which was of no threat to Turkey,” Mr. Putin told press.
The Russian president was adamant that the Russian jet was downed because Russia has intelligence that Turkey is buying oil from the ISIS. “We have recently received additional reports confirming that the oil from [ISIS]-controlled territories is delivered to the territory of Turkey on an industrial scale,” Mr. Putin upheld. This had always been Mr. Putin’s claim the minute he received information that Turkey shoot down Russia’s bomber.
Turkey created a tense climate the minute it obliterated Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24 bomber. The move may actually spark World War 3. Russia vowed consequences in the wake of the bombing. Turkey is a staunch NATO ally together with U.S. and 28 other countries. The Alliance will consider an attack against Turkey an attack to all. Russia has China, Iran and Brunei in its side. There had also been fears about a nuclear war.
Mr. Putin did not meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the convention in Paris. But he met with U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Mr. Obama expressed his regret over the Russian military airplane shot down by the Turkish air force in Syria. He, however, called for political settlement.
Mr. Xi, on the other hand, minced meaningful words for Mr. Putin. “Rapid change is taking place in the world. We need to meet on regular basis and discuss and update each other on the issues of concern,” the Chinese president said.