December 9, 2015
By Jay Syrmopoulos
The flight data recorder of the Su-24 bomber shot down by Turkey will prove the Russian jet was in Syrian airspace, not Turkish, when the attack took place, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
Putin was presented with the airplane’s black box, which was recovered by Syrian and Russian special-forces, by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday.
According to a report in the Moscow Times:
Russian President Vladimir Putin invited British experts to examine the black box from the Su-24 bomber downed by Turkey last month, the Kremlin’s official website reported Wednesday.
The Russian President made the offer during a phone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron when he called to offer Putin his condolences after the incident, which resulted in the death of the plane’s pilot.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu showed the black box to Putin at a meeting on Tuesday. The president requested that it remain closed until foreign experts arrive to participate in an investigation into the downing.
Putin has said that international experts must be present when the flight data recorder is analyzed.
“As I understand, the flight data recorder will give us the opportunity to understand the Su-24’s trajectory from the moment of its take-off to the moment of the crash,” Putin said. “This means we will be able to understand where it was [at the moment of the downing] and where the treacherous strike from the Turkish Air Force was dealt.”
The Russian Su-24 was shot down on November 24, by the Turkish Air Force, with Turkey insisting that its airspace had been violated prior to shooting down the jet. Russia argues that the bomber was in Syrian airspace when the attack occurred.
Putin went on to thank those that participated in the reconnaissance mission.
“We must certainly thank our military, the staff of the special forces, search and rescue crews, and Syrian troops for retrieving the recorder, which will certainly help us to understand what happened,” Putin said in a meeting with Shoigu.
While meeting with Shoigu, Putin discussed the Russian bombing campaign against terrorist groups in Syria, stating that the Russian use of high-precision weapons would be continually analyzed.
“We must, of course, analyze everything, everything that happens on the battlefield, how the weapons are working. The ‘Calibers,’ the A-101 rockets on the whole have proved themselves very well; they are new, modern and highly effective,” Putin said.
Then Putin made a seemingly odd remark, which left many wondering exactly what he was implying, when he stated that he hoped the fight against terrorists would not require the use of nuclear weapons.
We know that high-precision weapons can be equipped with both conventional warheads and with special warheads, that is, with nuclear warheads. Naturally, in the fight against the terrorists we hope that is something that will never be needed.
With the movement of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system into the Syrian theater, and the recent movement of a Kilo class submarine off the coast of Syria, which promptly launched a cruise missile strike into Syria, the Russians have made clear that they will not be allowing the Assad regime to be deposed by Western intervention.
Regardless of what the outcome from the investigation of the flight data recorder reveals, Putin said, “Russia’s attitude to what the Turkish authorities did is not going to change.” It seems the Turkish government has made a critical error in poking the Russian bear for their Western overlords, as many have speculated that attack was actually planned in advance.