President tells defence minister not to open flight recorder without foreign experts and says whatever the findings, incident was still a stab in the back
Moscow has recovered the black box of the Russian airplane downed by Turkey and will analyse it with foreign specialists, President Vladimir Putin has said.
I ask you not to open it for the time being, Putin told Sergei Shoigu at a session where the defence pastor received such black box, Russian news bureaux reported.
Open it merely together with foreign experts, carefully ascertain everything.
Moscow and Ankara are at loggerheads over the 24 November downing of a Russian airplane on Turkeys border with Syria, sparking fury and economic sanctions from the Kremlin.
Shoigu said the territory where the Russian jet was shot down had been liberated by Syrian special forces, allowing them to recover the black box from what had been a rebel-held region.
Putin said its consideration of the black box would help determine the downed airplanes flight path and position, which Ankara and Moscow have furiously disagreed upon.
Turkey says the Russian jet strayed into its airspace and dismissed repeated warnings, while Moscow insists it did not cross from Syria and has accused Ankara of a schemed provocation.
But Putin warned that no black box findings could assuage Moscows anger at Ankara over the incident.
Whatever we learn[ from the black box] wont change our position to what the Turkish authorities did, the Russian strongman said.
We used to treat Turkey not only as our friend but also as an friend in the fight against terrorism, and nobody expected this low, treacherous stab in the back .
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