Brussels: Turkish warplanes on Tuesday shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter jet near the Syrian border, threatening a major spike in tensions between two key protagonists in the four-year Syria civil war.
The Turkish Army said the plane was shot down by two Turkish F-16s after violating Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period.
Reacting to the incident, President Vladimir Putin warned Ankara that Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border would have "serious consequences" for bilateral ties.
The Rusian defence ministry refuted the claim that the fighter violate the Turkish airspace.
One of the pilots was killed and the other was captured by Turkmen forces in the region.
Video footage showed the plane crashing into mountains in Latakia province.
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