President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet "a stab in the back" carried out by the accomplices of terrorists, saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow's relations with Ankara.
Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi before a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, Putin said the downed plane, which Turkey said it had repeatedly warned, had been attacked inside Syria when it was 1 kilometer from the Turkish border and had come down 4 kilometers inside Syria, according to Reuters.
The incident happened after it reportedly entered Turkish airspace increasing tensions between the two countries.
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed there was no U.S. involvement in Tuesday morning's Turkey-Russia jet incident.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the downing of the jet was fully in line with Turkey's rules of engagement, and that nobody should doubt his nation made all efforts to avoid incident along the border.
State-run Turkish news service Anadolu Agency said that the downed warplane was a Russian-made SU-24 and had been engaged by two Turkish F16 jets. The Turkish F16s warned the jet over the airspace violations before shooting it down, the military official told Reuters.
A U.S. military spokesperson confirmed later that Turkey had warned the Russian pilots repeatedly before it was shot down, and had received no response. U.S. defense officials also told NBC News that it wasn't clear that the plane was in Turkish airspace when it was shot down. The officials claimed that the incursion into Turkish airspace amounted to only a matter of seconds before it was shot down.
The Associated Press later cited U.S. and NATO officials as saying the jet had entered Turkish airspace before it was shot down.