By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor
It appears that tensions between Turkey and Russia are continuing to grow today, following the shooting down of a Russian jet yesterday.
Mr Putin has said that he will send a new air defence system to Syria. alongside that he has despatched a warship to the Mediterranean sea.
The advanced S-400 air defence system will be taken to a Russian base in the Latakia area of Syria, their defence minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed. To add to the situation, the Russian President has cut off all military contact with Turkey.
The Russians have also said they will annihilate ‘any targets representing a potential danger’ to its military operations over in Syria. Additionally Russian bomber planes will now be accompanied by fighter jets when carrying out raids in Syria. Increasing military air traffic in an already congestion airspace.
Russian military analyst, Pavel Felgenhauer, has said war between Russia and Turkey was now looking ‘most likely’.
This flexing of military might was sparked when a Turkish plane shot down a Russian fighter jet, they said had violated their airspace. However, Russia has strenuously denied this and both countries have produced flight path maps rubbishing each others’ claims. (See map below)
One Russian pilot was allegedly shot by Syrian rebel forces after parachuting out. The other was rescued by Russian special forces last night, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed.