Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish fighter jets over the Turkey-Syria border.
Mr Putin has described the actions as a “stab in the back” carried out by “accomplices of terrorists”.
The two pilots were both shot dead after they ejected by parachute before the jet exploded and crashed. Turkey says the plane was shot for violating Turkish airspace and was warned “ten times in five minutes”.
NATO held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the incident and has called on Turkey and Russia to show restraint as tensions rise between the two countries.
“Today’s tragic event will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations,” Mr Putin said.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey made an attempt to avoid the incident and had a right to protect itself: “Everyone must know that it is our international right and national duty to take any measure against whoever violates our air or land borders.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has cancelled a scheduled visit to Turkey and advised Russians not to visit the country, saying the threat of terrorism there was no less than in Egypt.
US President Barack Obama said that NATO member Turkey had a right to do what it felt necessary to protect their country.
“Turkey, like every country, has the right to defend its territory and its airspace,” he said. Mr Obama went on to say it is important Russia and Turkey take appropriate measures to discourage escalation. – Josh Chahal
Top screengrab of a Russian fighter jet downed in northern Syria from BBC News.