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Putin claims US ‘leaked’ flight path of downed Russian jet to Turkey

Putin has accused the US of “leaking” the flight path of a downed Russian jet to Turkish authorities.

The Russian leader said America – as leaders of the coalition against Isis – had a responsibility to ensure warplanes were not targeted by members.

One of the Russian pilots was killed by Syrian forces after the SU-24 bomber was shot down. Turkish forces claimed it had violated the country’s airspace, despite as many as 10 warnings, on 24 November. The other man was later rescued by Russian and Syrian forces.

Russian authorities have dismissed claims warnings were issued before Turkish F-16s targeted the aircraft as “rubbish”.

“The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes’ flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time,” Mr Putin claimed during a joint press conference with French president Francois Hollande.

“Why did we give this information to the Americans if they did not pass it along to the rest of the coalition?”

Despite this, the Russian leader, who is sending long-range S-400 missiles near the Turkish border following the incident, said he was prepared to work with the US-led coalition against Isis but added his forces would “proceed from the assumption” a similar incident would not reoccur.
Russia and Turkey have traded verbal blows since the aircraft’s crash but on Friday the Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu – writing in The Times- – appeared to strike a reconciliatory note.

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