Our pilots and jet posed no threat to the Turkish Republic. This is obvious. They were conducting an operation against ISIL," Russian President commented on shooting down Russian warplane by Turkey.
He said the plane was flying above northern Lattakia where militants coming from Russia are concentrated.
"They [the pilots] were fulfilling their task," the president stressed adding that they were delivering preventive air strikes on terrorists who can come back to Russia at any moment.
"We will certainly carefully analyse what has happened and today’s tragic event will have serious consequences to Russian-Turkish relations," he said. According to Putin, Russia has always treated Turkey not simply as a close neighbour, but as a friendly state.