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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia did not inform the U.S. military of its jet's flight plan before Turkey shot it down on Tuesday, despite assertions to the contrary by Russian President Vladimir Putin, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Putin has suggested some degree of U.S. culpability in the aftermath of the incident, even hinting that the United States might have given detailed Russian operational plans to Turkey ahead of time.
Addressing reporters in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said "we informed our American partners" about when and where Russian aircraft would be operating. It was "precisely" then that the Turkish air force shot down the Russian warplane, Putin said.
"The question arises: Why did we pass on that information to the Americans," Putin asked.
The Pentagon did not immediately comment on Putin's remarks but in the past acknowledged that Russia has given basic notification to the U.S.-led coalition ahead of some operations, like a Nov. 17 launch of cruise missiles.
Such communication is aimed at preventing an accidental clash between the former Cold War foes as they carry out parallel bombing campaigns inside of Syria.
The two U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, however, that Russia had not passed along the kind of granular operational details suggested by Putin in his public remarks. The extent of any communications between the U.S. and Russian militaries before or after the incident was not immediately clear.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: Flatcoat
Because he is the one who made the accusation...
PENTAGON— A Russia/U.S. memorandum of understanding went into effect immediately after it was signed Tuesday, providing a framework for both countries’ aircraft to maintain a “safe distance” from one another over Syria.
Cook said the Russians requested that the full memorandum not be shared publicly. But he said it contained protocols that include “maintaining professional airmanship at all times, the use of specific communications frequencies, and the establishment of a communication line on the ground.” He said the ground communication would serve as a backup in case midair protections failed.
The agreement covers all types of aircraft over Syria, including drones, and it is specific to Syria. It does not apply to any other country.
"The Russians now need to abide by these flight safety protocols" in Syria, Cook said. "We don't want miscalculation."
Russia did not inform the U.S. military of its jet's flight plan before Turkey shot it down on Tuesday, despite assertions to the contrary by Russian President Vladimir Putin, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
a reply to: Xcathdra
Looks like putin once again got caught lying...
These U.S. officials who spoke "on condition of anonymity", I'm guessing Darth Vadar & Dr. Strangelove haha