Report: Russia involved in downing of Turkish jet
Posted on July 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM EST
Russian technicians played a key part in the interception and shooting down of aÂ Syriaâ€™s anti-aircraft defenses 10 days ago, Britain’s Sunday Times reported Sunday. Diplomatic sources in the Middle East told the paper that destroying the F-4E Phantom II was a split-second decision intended as a warning toÂ Israel’s Air Force was quoted as saying â€œwe would not be surprised if these Russian experts, if they didnâ€™t push the button, at least were beside the Syrian officers who did it.”
The downing of the plane pushed Ankara closer to military intervention in Syria as Turkish troops and tanks were deployed near the border with Syria. Damascus responded by sending two tank brigades to the border.
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