Putin slams Ankara over ‘stab in the back’, vows ‘significant consequences’

Russia's President Vladimir Putin denounced Turkey on Tuesday over the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets earlier in the day, calling it "a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists." Arriving in Sochi from Tehran, he vowed the incident "will have significant consequences, including for Russia-Turkish relations," without elaborating further. He rejected Ankara's claim that the Su-24 violated Turkish airspace, saying it was part of a group of warplanes in Syrian airspace that was struck by an air-to-air missile one kilometer from the Turkish border when it crashed. Putin spoke while receiving Jordan’s King  Abdullah at his Black Sea residence.

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