Putin explained that the decision to shoot down Su-24 bomber was taken in order the Islamic State to safely deliver oil in the port for subsequent sale of the commodity.
"We have every reason to believe that the decision to shoot our plane down was driven by the need to protect the chains of oil delivery to Turkey," the Russian President said.
According to Putin, the protection of Syrian Turkmens was just an excuse.
Earlier, Turkish Air Force shot down Russian warplane at the border area with Syria Nov. 24. The Turkish military said they had repeatedly warned the crew of the Russian Su-24 on a violation of the border before the plane was shot down. It became known later that one of the Russian pilots Sergey Rumyantsev was killed.
Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov said Nov. 25 that the second pilot of the downed Su-24 was alive and well and had been taken to the Russian base in Syria. This information was later confirmed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident with the Russian Su-24 bomber downed by the Turkish Air Force a "stab in the back". He also said that Russian bomber posed no threat to Turkey as it "was shot down one kilometer away from the border."