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 Turkey downing Russian Su-24 "stab in the back", Putin says. VIDEO

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the loss of the jet “is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists”.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing The Guardian.

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Speaking ahead of his meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Sochi, the Russian leader said:

"This event is beyond the normal framework of fighting against terrorism. Of course our military is doing heroic work against terrorism... But the loss today is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists. I can't describe it in any other way," Putin said.

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"Neither our pilots nor our jet threatened the territory of Turkey. This is obvious. They are fighting terrorists in the northern areas around Latakia, where militants are located, mainly people who originated in Russia, and they were pursuing their direct duty, to make sure these people do not return to Russia. These are people who are clearly international terrorists.

"Taking into account that we signed an agreement on deconflicting with the U.S., and as we know Turkey was among the ones that has joined the US coalition," Putin commented.

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