“They knew the exact time and the exact place.”
Did Obama really think Putin wasn’t going to figure this out? It barely took a day before information and videos were surfacing on the internet questioning Turkey’s ability to down Russia’s jet in the few seconds it was allegedly in their airspace. And now Putin is claiming that Russia had given the U.S. the flight path data of the doomed jet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. of being complicit in the destruction of it’s military jet two days ago-suggesting the Americans knew exactly when and where it was traveling.
In a press conference at the Kremlin tonight, Putin said the Russians had given prior information to the U.S. of the flight path of the plane-but the U.S. had “leaked” the information to Turkey.
Putin told gathered media: “The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes’ flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time. Why did we pass this information to the Americans? Either they were not controlling what their allies were doing, or they are leaking this information all over the place.”
Putin is also dismissing Turkey’s claims, calling it “rubbish” that they wouldn’t have shot down the jet if they had known it was Russian. They have identification signs and these are well visible. Instead of…ensuring this never happens again, we are hearing unintelligible explanations and statements that there is nothing to apologize about.