The Russian Defense Minister has declared the search and rescue operation to locate the second pilot that ejected from the SU-24 fighter jet as a successful one after the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Task Force evaded the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” in order to secure the Russian airman’s safety.
On Tuesday morning, the Turkish Air Defense shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter jet that was flying over the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen) of northern Latakia after the aircraft had completed its aerial mission.
Turkish officials have yet to issue an apology for this recent military escalation that cost the life of one Russian Air Force pilot and the destruction of an MI-8 Transport Helicopter during the search and rescue operation near the crash site in the Turkmen Mountains.
The Turkish military aggression on Tuesday marks the first time during this war that two foreign countries have been involved in a violent confrontation inside the Syrian borders.
The Russian Federation’s president, Vladimir Putin, expressed his discontent and aggravation over Turkey’s behavior on Tuesday, stating that the aforementioned country has aided several terrorist groups in the region; however, this will not prompt the Russians to retaliate against them.