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Russian Su-24 warplane on fire

Russian Su-24 warplane on fire

Konstantin Murakhtin

Konstantin Murakhtin

Russia — The surviving Russian pilot went on TV to tell the world today that he was flying a Su-24 warplane in Syrian airspace when Turkey shot him down.
Captain Konstantin Murakhtin said there were no warnings before his plane was shot down out of the sky. Turkey has claimed they were warned 10 times. Murakhtin’s commanding officer, Capt. Sergey Rumyantsev reportedly was shot dead while parachuting.
Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has rightly claimed that this was “a stab in the back” and is now sending a warship into the Mediterranean.
After meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday morning, French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to meet with Putin Thursday. Obama has noted that he and Hollande have been hoping for increased cooperation from Russia in the fight against ISIS.
Shelling continues at a major ISIS stronghold near the Syrian Turkish border.
During the entire Cold War with Russia and the West no Russian war plane was ever shot down.
Instead of strengthening relations between the West and Russia this Turkish over-reaction could make the ISIS crisis look like a tea party.
An apology might help . . . .
C.L.

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