Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down at Turkey-Syria Border
A Russian fighter jet was shot down along the border between Turkey and Syria on Tuesday.
Russia said the plane was shot down by weapons on the ground.
But Turkey said its jets shot down the Russian plane when it wrongly entered Turkish airspace. The Russian plane ignored repeated warnings to leave, Turkish officials said.
Russian military officials said the Russian jet stayed within Syria as allowed.
The two pilots ejected, Russia said. Video showed two pilots parachuting from the sky. The pilots' location is unknown.
A U.S. State Department spokesman says they cannot confirm the reports. They said they are watching closely.
The latest incident comes after four and a half years of civil war in Syria. Border country Turkey has made several warnings about aircraft from other countries entering its airspace without permission.
Russia joined the conflict in Syria in September. It fights on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia says it is fighting Islamic terrorists to help Assad return order in Syria. Fighters in the civil war against Assad say Russia is targeting them.
In October, Russia agreed to keep a safe distance and communicate with other governments to prevent mid-air disasters.
1.fighter jet 战斗机；喷气战机
The fighter jet fired one Sidewinder missile at the Reaper, causing the UAV to crash into a mountain side.
2.repeated warnings 反复警告；多次警告
In spite of our repeated warnings, he still went his own way.
3.watching closely 密切关注
We are closely watching the developments.
4.comes after 紧接着；继...之后
Your name comes after mine on the list.
1.A Russian fighter jet was shot down along the border between Turkey and Syria on Tuesday.
shot down 击落；打垮
The enemy was shot down by our anti-aircraft fire.
The workers shot down the manager's idea of shorter vacations.
2.In October, Russia agreed to keep a safe distance and communicate with other governments to prevent mid-air disasters.
keep a distance 保持距离
If you will only keep at a distance, I may float down in safety.
I was trying to keep a distance unless you needed my help.
而土耳其方面则称，俄罗斯战斗机误闯土耳其领空，因此土耳其才将其击落 。土耳其官员表示，多次对这架俄罗斯战机发出立即离开的警告均被无视 。
俄罗斯方面还表示，两名飞行员逃出了机舱 。根据录像显示，两名飞行员跳伞逃生，但是其具体位置尚无人知晓 。
这是继叙利亚为期4年半的内战后发生的最新重大事件 。其边境邻国土耳其已经对未经许可并擅自进入其领空的飞机发出多次警告 。
俄罗斯于9月份卷入了叙利亚国内冲突 。俄罗斯此番行动是为维护叙利亚总统巴沙尔·阿萨德的政府统治 。俄罗斯方面表示，坚决打击伊斯兰恐怖分子，帮助阿萨德巩固对叙利亚的统治 。叙利亚反政府武装则表示，俄罗斯是专门针对他们而来 。