Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group to Turkey. On the sidelines of a global climate change conference near Paris on Monday, Putin said the downing of the[…]
Moscow is to suspend its visa-free agreement with Turkey at the beginning of next year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Friday’s announcement comes as tensions mount after the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey earlier this week. Russia has ruled out any military response against NATO[…]
Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but Turkey dismissed the threats as “emotional” and “unfitting.” In an escalating war of words, President Tayyip Erdogan responded to Russian accusations that Turkey has been[…]
The Turkish army has released what it said was audio recordings of warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down along the Syrian border. A voice in one of the recordings can be heard saying in English: “You are approaching Turkish airspace, change your heading.” According to the[…]
Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. The downing of the jet on Tuesday was one[…]
At least one presidential jet must be on the tarmac of Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria by April 1 because Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is “fed up” about VIP jets being unavailable. Last week, City Press’ sister paper, Rapport, revealed that a new long-range presidential jet – which would[…]
Turkish F-16 fighter jets were scrambled after a Russian warplane violated Turkey’s air space on Saturday, the foreign ministry said. Russia said the incident was a “navigational error” and it has “clarified” the matter to Ankara. Turkish jets patrolling the border were also “harassed” by an unidentified plane on Sunday,[…]
An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, police and residents said, killing at least five people and destroying several houses. The Sukhoi jet had been taking part in an air strike against Islamic State radicals, Iraqi television said. One of its bombs failed[…]
A passenger jet carrying at least 147 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams raced to the region, France’s president warned that no survivors were expected. The crash site was at Meolans-Revels, near the[…]
Searchers were racing “against time and weather” Thursday to recover the dead from the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501, with a window of good conditions slammed shut by another onslaught of wind and heavy rain. Seven bodies have been recovered from the jet, which crashed into the Java Sea on[…]
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