BEIJING, December 22. /TASS/. Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24M bomber shot down by Turkey is a loss for the international anti-terrorist campaign, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said on Tuesday.
"The destruction of the Russian military aircraft is a loss for the international campaign against terrorism. We hope that all parties concerned will be able to enhance cooperation and coordination and to take decisive action to avoid such tragedies in the future," the diplomat said. He noted that the Russian warplane in Syria was carrying out flights in Syria’s airspace with the authorization of the Syrian government. "It was shot down during a mission to destroy terrorist targets in Syria," he said. "The UN Security Council passed a resolution that empowers all participating countries capable of doing so to take all necessary measures to combat terrorist forces, including the Islamic State [terrorist group outlawed in Russia - TASS]," Hong Lei said.
A Russian Su-24M bomber was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet over Syrian territory on November 24. One of the pilots died, another was rescued. In addition to that, a Mi-8 helicopter was lost during the operation to evacuate the crew and a marine contractor died. Ankara claimed that the Russian aircraft had violated Turkey’s airspace, but the Russian Defense Ministry has refuted the allegations.