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Austrian president calls Turkey’s actions to bring down Russian jet "incomprehensible"

April 06, 17:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Turkish Air Force shot down Russia’s Su-24M bomber on November 24, 2015
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Austrian President Heinz Fischer

Austrian President Heinz Fischer

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MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Austrian President Heinz Fischer has described the actions of Turkey that had shot down Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24 bomber as "unexpected and totally incomprehensible." He was speaking after the talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Fischer said that during his meeting with Putin the two sides raised the issue of the Russian-Turkish relations which had deteriorated "due to the unexpected and totally incomprehensible actions of Turkey, which brought down the Russian jet."

The Austrian leader noted that the Austrian side had received "lots of information" on the issue during the talks in Moscow and "deepened its stance."

The Turkish Air Force shot down Russia’s Su-24M bomber on November 24, 2015. Ankara claims that the aircraft had violated Turkish airspace. However, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Su-24M jet remained in the sky over Syria. The crew was able to eject, but one of the two pilots was killed by fire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued and taken to the air base.

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