Putin wants international experts to examine downed warplane’s black box
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference, on November 30, 2015, during of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change in Le Bourget on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. (AFP/Martin Bureau)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he wants international experts to examine the black box of the Russian SU-24 jet downed for violating Turkish airspace on Nov. 24.
Putin made the remarks during his meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu late Tuesday, who presented the recovered flight recorder from the jet to the Russian president.
On Nov. 24, Turkish F-16 fighter jets shot down an unidentified jet, which Russia later announced was a Russian SU-24 bomber. Ankara said the aircraft violated Turkish airspace near Syria despite repeated warnings.
Following the incident, Moscow announced wide-ranging sanctions against Turkey, including the end of visa-free travel and a ban on Turkish food products. Russia also called on its nationals to boycott Turkey as a tourist destination.
Shoigu also said that Russia had now increased its intensity of airstrikes in Syria and carried out a massive aviation and missile attack using Tu-22 strategic bombers from the Russian territory.
"For the first time, we launched Kalibr cruise missiles from the Rostov-on-Don submarine based in the Mediterranean Sea," he added.
Shoigu said that both the aviation and the submarine fleet were "successful" in hitting all their targets.
"We tested both the launch of the missiles and their flight, as well as ensuring they hit the targets, which were two major terrorist facilities in Raqqah [Syria]," he said.
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