MOSCOW, Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited British Prime Minister David Cameron to send specialists to analyze black box data from a Russian jet downed by Turkey last month.
The Kremlin released a statement on Wednesday briefly detailing a telephone conversation between the Russian and British leaders. They discussed the security situation in the Middle East, particularly in regards to peace efforts in Syria and the threat of the Isis, also known as ISIS, Daesh and ISIL.
“Mr. Putin and Mr. Cameron noted that their two countries share similar views regarding the threat posed by ISIS and other terrorist groups active in the region,” the Kremlin statement reads. “In this context, they discussed ways to organize bilateral cooperation through various state agencies.”
Russia and Turkey have fiercely disagreed on the circumstances surrounding the shooting down of the Russian SU-24 fighter jet on Nov 24. Turkey said the Russian jet was in its airspace and and said it was warned 10 times to divert course or face being shot down. Russia and the surviving pilot said no warning was received.
Russia said the attack of the aircraft was “an act of aggression” that warrants retaliatory economic sanctions that include restricting tourist travel, suspending military communications and scrutinizing food imports. Turkey warned citizens against non-urgent travel to Russia “until the situation becomes clear.”