The downing of the SU-24 fighter jet is a stab in the back and an incident that stands out against the usual fight against terrorism, reports Газета.ru referring to Putin’s statement.

“Our troops are fighting heroically against terrorists, risking their lives. But the loss we suffered today is linked to a stab in the back delivered to us by accomplices of the terrorists. I cannot qualify what happened today as anything else,” Putin said.

According to Putin, the aircraft in no way threatened Turkey and was 1 kilometer from the Turkish border.

“I understand that nations have their own regional interests, and we have always respected them. But we will never let crimes like the one committed today go unanswered,” Putin said.