Obama Expresses Regret to Putin Over Downed Su-24 Bomber

World | November 30, 2015, Monday // 18:01|  views

Russian President Valdimir Putin (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) shake hands for the cameras before the start of a bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, New York, USA, 28 September 2015. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama expressed on Monday regret to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the downed Russian Su-24 bomber.

Putin and Obama met on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is taking place in Paris between November 30 and December 11.

The meeting between the two presidents lasted for about thirty minutes, TASS news agency informs.

The meeting was not planned beforehand and was held behind closed doors, with the two leaders discussing the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

According to Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Putin, the two presidents spoke in favour of moves towards the start of political settlement in Syria and highlighted the importance of the earliest possible implementation of the Minsk accords.

The last time Putin and Obama met was at the G20 summit held in the Turkish resort of Antalya on November 15 and 16 when they had two meetings.

They also met on the sidelines of the anniversary session of the UN General Assembly in New York in late September.

The relations between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated in the past week since the downing of the Russian Su-24 warplane by Turkish F-16 fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border on November 24.

Ankara maintains that the Russian aircraft had violated Turkish airspace and was warned ten times before being shot down.

Moscow claims that the airplane was exclusively in Syrian airspace and no warnings were issued.

On Sunday, Putin signed a decree introducing a set of economic sanctions against Turkey in response to the incident.

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Tags: Russia, US, turkey, Syria, Ukraine, SU-24, F-16, airspace, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, sanctions, UN, Dmitry Peskov


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