They knew the exact time and the exact place': Putin accuses US of leaking flight path of doomed jet to Turkey
Russian president Vladimir Putin
has accused the U.S. of being complicit in the destruction of its
military jet two days ago - suggesting the Americans knew exactly when
and where it was travelling.
a press conference at the Kremlin tonight, Putin said the Russians had
given prior information to the U.S. of the flight path of the plane -
but the U.S. had 'leaked' the information to Turkey.
other developments, Putin's dreaded S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems
- mobilised in the wake of the jet's destruction - were photographed
being unloaded from military transports in Syria.
also vowed to join France in coordinating bombing campaigns against
ISIS forces and agreed to share intelligence information.
is hoped the move will be the start of closer ties between Moscow and
the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition following the Paris terror attacks -
despite the animosity brewing over the downed jet.
told gathered media: 'The American side, which leads the coalition that
Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes'
flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time.
did we pass this information to the Americans? Either they were not
controlling what their allies were doing, or they are leaking this
information all over the place.'
of the conference, Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
traded barbs, with the Russian leader saying he was waiting for an
apology and Erdogan ruling out any such move.
Putin has dismissed as 'rubbish' Turkey's claim that it would not have shot down the jet if it had known it was Russian.
[our planes] have identification signs and these are well visible.
Instead of... ensuring this never happens again, we are hearing
unintelligible explanations and statements that there is nothing to
Vladimir Putin's feared S-400 anti-aircraft battalions have landed in
Syria ready to destroy any threats to his airforce.
surface-to-air missile systems are capable of striking down targets up
to 250miles away and were instantly deployed to the region in the wake
of Tuesday's confrontation.
emerged today of the state-of-the-art missile systems' arrival to the
battlefields of Syria, while the war of words between Putin and Erdogan
are based in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, just 30miles from the
border with Turkey and are capable of striking targets a huge ranges
with deadly precision.
Today Putin defended his decision to mobilise the weaponry after the attack by Turkey which he considered a betrayal.
a joint press conference with Francois Hollande at the Kremlin, he
said: 'We did not have those systems in Syria [previously] because we
believed that our airforce was working at an altitude which would not be
reachable by terrorists.
'They do not have this equipment capable of shooting down the aircraft at 3,000 to 4,000 metres.
'We didn't even think that we could receive a strike from a party that we thought to be our partner.
'If we thought of this before, we would have established the systems capable to protect our aircraft.
reason we didn't do this is because we thought Turkey to be a friendly
country. We are our establishing our system S-400 which is capable of
long range strikes and it is one of the most effective systems of this
type in the world.'
S-400's range means its missiles could reach deep into Turkey or pose a
potential threat to US-led coalition planes - adding yet another
dangerous element to an already volatile mix of competing military
interests in Syria.
a capable weapons system that poses a significant threat to anyone,' a
US official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP. 'There are
significant concerns related to air operations in Syria.'
flung back and forth from both Russia and Turkey in the wake of the
confrontation have further aggravated the situation.
Putin has accused the U.S. of being complicit in the destruction of its jet
The Russian jet was downed by Turkey after it entered Turkish airspace
He claimed Russia gave the U.S. the flight path data for the doomed aircraft
This was either 'leaked' or it 'does not control what its allies are doing'
Meanwhile, today Russia's fearsome S-400 missile systems arrived in Syria
Putin has also agreed to coordinate airstrikes with France against ISIS