Russia terminates military contacts with Turkey

Russia has also decided to send a cruiser equipped with air defense system to the shore zone of Latakia, Russian Armed Forces general says

Russia terminates military contacts with Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia’s military contacts with Turkey will be terminated, the Russian military announced Wednesday.

In a statement posted on the official website of Russian Defense Ministry, the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lt.Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, said: "Contacts with Turkey will be terminated at the military level".

Rudskoy’s remarks came following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane Tuesday after it violated Turkish airspace.

"Air defense will be reinforced. For that purpose, the Moskva cruiser equipped with air defense system Fort, analogous to the S-300 one, will go to the shore zone of Latakia [in Syria]," he added.

The Russian Defense Ministry warned that all potentially dangerous targets will be destroyed.

A Russian warplane was shot down at the Turkish-Syrian border earlier Tuesday after repeatedly ignoring warnings that it was violating Turkish airspace.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "This tragic event will bear serious consequences for Turkish-Russian relations."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cancelled his scheduled visit to Turkey in the wake of the shooting down of the Russian warplane.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Kasım 2015, 11:27