Updated on November 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET
A day after the Turkish military shot down a Russian fighter jet, the two sides traded claims about what happened in the skies over Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his forces were in their right to fire at the Russian aircraft, which he said had violated the country’s airspace when it approached the border with Syria. Erdogan said there was no Islamic State presence where the Russia military, which has been bombing extremists in Syria, was flying, according to CNN. “Do not deceive us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Turkey’s decision to strike the plane was a “planned provocation,” the Associated Press reported. The pilot who survived the downing said Wednesday that the aircraft did not receive any warnings and was flying inside Syria when it was shot down, the BBC reported. The second pilot was killed by Syrian rebels as he parachuted to the ground.
Hours after the crash, Russian President Vladimir Putin called it “a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists.”
Russian officials have denied claims the jet strayed into Turkish airspace. Turkish officials say they didn't know the plane’s country of origin until Moscow announced it was Russian.