Thursday, November 26, 2015

Russia Cuts All Military Ties With Turkey

Russian Defense Ministry building at Frunzenskaya Embankment in Moscow

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Military & Intelligence

All military contacts with Turkey have been cut following the downing of Russia's Su-24 military jet, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

"Today, in accordance with a previously made decision, all cooperation channels have been cut between the Russian Defense Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
"This concerns all ties, not just the so-called hotline that was launched in order to avoid possible air incidents during the destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Syria," he added.
The decision has been made after Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday had shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which had been taking part in Russia's anti-terror campaign in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists."

Is happening: Russian Submarine, in Ionian Islands, monitoring by Greek Frigate

The Greek Frigate "Elli" is monitoring from Ionian (Sea Southern Albania), the modern Russian Submarine “Rostov-on-Don”

Sailing from the Salamis Naval Base one Greek frigate to watch reportedly Russian submarine that is now moving in the central Mediterranean or in Ionian Sea, area in an easterly direction, if it enters the Aegean directed towards the Black Sea or will instead be directed to the eastern Mediterranean and a port in Syria.

This is new modern,  tactical submarine the name "Rostov-on-Don" of the Russian Navy Class "Kilo" in NATO classification or "Project 636", according to the Russian issue, which sailed from St. Petersburg final destination the great naval base of Novorossisk on the Black Sea.

The submarine sailed before this 15-day about shipbuilding Admiralteiskiye of St. Petersburg, there ie. Where it was built, and making the rounds of Europe entered a few days ago, via Gibraltar, the Mediterranean.

Immediately Russian submarine went into the discreet presence of the Spanish original and the Italian Navy. The Greek frigate "ELLI" will monitor the Ionian Islands and beyond.

The submarine "Rostov-on-Don" is the second of six overall heading of to be built on behalf of the Russian Navy and was already planned to join the strength of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which attempts to Mediterranean waters and the Middle East.

The ship's keel was placed in Admiralteiskiye shipyards of St. Petersburg in November 2011. Its construction was completed on December 30, 2014 and was incorporated in the power of the Russian Baltic Fleet initially on January 10, 2015.

Subsequently conducted extensive sea trials, making sailing 2500 nautical miles (3800 km) from then until the base of the Barents Sea round.

The displacement is 3100 tons, driven by a diesel engine / electric motors, has a crew of 52 men and can dive to a depth of 300 meters. The equipment included torpedoes of 533 mm, and number of missiles Kalibr 3M54 (NATO SS-N-27 Sizzler) against surface targets, land and other submarines.

German Vice-Chancellor on Su-24 Crash: Turkey is Unpredictable, not Russia

Sigmar Gabriel

© AP Photo/ Burhan Ozbilici

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has lashed out at Turkey for this week’s downing of a Russian bomber over Syria close to the Turkish border, German media reported on Wednesday.

“This incident showed that, based on statements from other countries in the region, there is a player in the region who is unpredictable and that is Turkey and not Russia,” Gabriel told the weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel.
He added that “Turkey has played a difficult role' in the Syrian conflict.”
On Tuesday a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crashed on Syrian territory four kilometers from the Turkish border.
President Vladimir Putin later said that the plane had been shot down by an air-to-air missile fired by a Turkish F-16. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the Su-24 had not violated the Turkish border.
Ankara, for its part, insists that the Russian plane had indeed strayed into the country’s airspace.
Many leading European politicians have criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  over Tuesday’s incident with the Russian military jet.
On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Turkey and Russia to exercise restraint and  act in a rational and prudent manner in the wake of the incident which he  labeled as “serious.”

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Upping the ante: Russia 'to send MORE jets to Syria after jet pilot shot out of the sky'

RUSSIA is set to 12 more fighter jets to Syria to ensure there is no repeat of the incident which saw a fighter jet shot down by Turkey.

Putin is stepping up his efforts to destroy ISISREUTERS
Russia is stepping up its efforts to destroy ISIS
President Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad, is said to be considering sending extra cover for the 24 bombers already based in the war-torn country after one of its jets was downed yesterday.
The aircraft’s captain was shot dead by Turkmen rebels as he parachuted to the ground – but his co-pilot was rescued after a 12-hour operation by Russian special forces in Syria.
A Russian defence spokesman has now announced that all Russian bombers operating in Syria will fly only under the cover of fighter aircraft.
Their statement read: ”Now each of the 24 [Russian] bombers will be accompanied by a fighter.”
Turkey claimed it did not know the warplane it blew out of the sky for apparently entering its airspace was Russian.
A Russian jet was shot down by Turkey this weekEPA
A Russian jet was shot down by Turkey this week
Its military claimed it was following the same protocol it would have for any jet crossing into its airspace, but insisted it was unaware of the nationality of the bomber jet.
The Russian military began conducting airstrikes against the jihadist terror group in September.
A Kremlin defence spokesman announced yesterday that a staggering 472 key ISIS holdings had been destroyed – including an oil refinery in the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa.
It is the latest escalation in a campaign which was stepped up after ISIS blew up an airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in October, killing all 224 people on board.
Russian soldiers write on bombs destined for ISISGETTY
Russian soldiers write on bombs destined for ISIS
Putin inspects screens in his multi-million pound wardrobe
Speaking at the time, Putin said: "Our military work in Syria must not only continue. It must be strengthened in such a way so that the terrorists will understand that retribution is inevitable."
Moscow further ramped up its bid to wipe out the twisted militants since last Friday's massacre in Paris.
Islamic State terrorists brutally killed 130 people – including Briton Nick Alexander – and left hundreds more injured across the French capital.
Russian ground crews last week inscribed the words "for Paris" on a bomb later dropped on ISIS targets.
Reports earlier this week suggested the sick terror group is believed to have just 34 bases left as bombers continue to blitz its jihadists.

SAS, in Albania, operate 89 mosque out of control


The statement was made by representatives of the Albanian Secret Service SAS, during a meeting of the Parliamentary Security Commission

According to Panorama, during the annual budget report, by the representatives of SAS, it was stated concerned that in Albania, 89 mosques operate outside the jurisdiction of the Muslim community of Albania.

SAS together with the state police and other structures, are on the alert against any terrorist act that may come from Islamic Terrorism, statement which was demonstrated by the prime minister Rama, Panorama Newspaper reports today.

On the Occasion of Albania's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 25, 2015

U.S. Department of State - Great Seal

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Albania as you celebrate your 103rd Independence Day on November 28.
Since President Woodrow Wilson’s support for Albanian independence at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, our two countries have worked together productively to forge an enduring friendship based on shared values and mutual respect. As a NATO member and mentor to Balkan countries aspiring to membership, Albania plays a vital role in promoting peace and stability in the region and around the world. The United States greatly appreciates Albania’s contributions to global security, from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Ukraine to countering violent extremism and the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
The United States is committed to supporting Albania as it undertakes the reforms necessary to achieve its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. I commend your efforts to accede to the European Union and look forward to continued progress on the path toward full Euro-Atlantic integration.
As you celebrate with family and friends, the United States wishes you a joyous celebration. We look forward to continuing our close partnership for progress, prosperity, and peace in years to come.

Albanian President, ISIS equates with any country which is not a member of NATO in the region


Gazeta 55

Nishani: "military presence in the region of anti-Atlantic countries, as disturbing as terrorism"

According to the "Newspaper 55", the President of the Republic, Bujar Nishani took part in the extraordinary summit of Heads of State of member countries of Process Brdo Brijuni, held in Zagreb, Croatia, where were present also other leaders including Vice / President of USA, Joe Biden .

During his speech, he compared ISIS as all military forces which are not affiliated to the Balkan region, the western alliance NATO,

 The Head of State noted that Albania is clearly oriented towards the European Union and thanks to this orientation Euro-Atlantic, my country views with much concern, not only threats coming from groups of elements, terrorists and extremists with religious overtones, but also information and growing interest in military presence in our region from countries that have no connection with space, security and Euro-Atlantic vision.

Also, the Head of State stressed that, because of these developments and the vulnerability of the Western Balkans, the European Union and the United States should re-evaluate the presence, support and concrete actions in this region.

US Allocates $134Mln to Advance Balkan Integration With EU, NATO

Soldiers from NATO countries attend an opening ceremony of military exercise 'Saber Strike 2015', at the Gaiziunu Training Range in Pabrade some 60km.(38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, June 8, 2015

© AP Photo/ Mindaugas Kulbis
Military & Intelligence

The United States has invested close to $135 million to ensure the Western Balkan states are fully engulfed by the EU-NATO umbrella, the White House said in a press release on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US aid to the Western Balkans, according to the release, is designed to expand trade with Europe, integrate the region into European energy networks and support participation in NATO peacekeeping operations, among other initiatives.
"In Fiscal Year 2015, the United States has allocated more than $134 million for assistance to support the reforms needed to advance the Western Balkans’ integration with the European Union (EU) and NATO," the release stated.
The US aid package included assistance to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, the release added, along with security assistance to EU members Croatia and Slovenia. In September, the United States announced that it was prepared to extend an invitation to Montenegro to join NATO in December. The announcement triggered a wave of protests in the Balkan country

Russian, Turkish foreign ministers "could meet in Belgrade"

Turkish and Russian foreign minister "could meet next week in Belgrade," Beta is reporting, quoting foreign news agencies.
Source: Beta
The Russian bomber is seen before crashing in Syria on Tuesday (Beta/AP, image made from Haberturk TV video)
The Russian bomber is seen before crashing in Syria on Tuesday (Beta/AP, image made from Haberturk TV video)
The meeting between Melvut Cavusoglu and Sergei Lavrov would come in the wake of Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane on the Turkish-Russian border, said the report.
The two ministers are expected to meet "on December 3 or 4, during the OSCE ministerial conference in Belgrade."

Lavrov on Tuesday canceled his trip to Turkey that was scheduled to take place today. On Wednesday, he said his country viewed the downing of the bomber as "possibly a planned act" and that while Moscow "did not want to go to war" its relations with Ankara would be "seriously reconsidered."

Earlier in the day, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said that Russia was his country's "friend and neighbor" and that relations "must not be sacrificed due to a mishap in communications."

Gay Albanian asylum seeker's right to stay in UK 'beggars belief', fumes UKIP councillor

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A JAILED Albanian asylum seeker is set to be allowed to remain in the UK because he is gay - even though his home country's government has introduced laws protecting homosexuals from persecution.

Teeside Crown CourtGETTY/IG
Xuhliano Zota, who was tried at Teeside Crown Court, came to the UK with a fake Italian passport
The Balkan state has made "great strides" in embracing gay culture and in May its parliament passed a resolution protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, a move described as "an important step forward" by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program.
This is the latest example of why we must divorce ourselves from the Human Rights Act
David Simister, UKIP County Councillor
But despite the rapid progress Xuhliano Zota, 19, who entered the UK illegally on a fake Italian passport, maintains it would not be safe to be returned because of his sexuality.
Human rights lawyers now say his appeal to stay is "likely to succeed" despite the Home Office's drive to deport all foreign nationals convicted of a crime.
UKIP County Councillor David Simister said: "This just beggars belief. He entered the UK illegally yet it seems when we come to kick him out we are totally impotent. This is the latest example of why we must divorce ourselves from the Human Rights Act."
Zota was working at a car wash in Stockton-on-Tees when he was arrested and found to have fake documents.
The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, jailed Zota for six months on Monday at Teesside Crown Court after he admitted possessing an Italian driving licence in the name of Christiano Riccio.
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Mr Zota, 19, was arrested whilst working at a car wash in Stockton-on-Tees
Zota's lawyer Tom Mitchell said: "He pleaded guilty on the basis that he was persecuted in Albania for his sexuality.
"There are concerns that people are discriminated against in that country for their sexuality, and in the past people have left by illegal routes but more and more people are contacting human rights organisations in that country."
Mr Mitchell added: "It looks now as if his pending asylum claim may be successful."
The court heard how Zota paid £6,000 in Italy for the stolen licence before entering the UK illegally in July. He subsequently sent if off to the DVLA to exchange for a UK licence but a clerk spotted that it was a fake with altered details.
Jenny Haigh, prosecuting, said the licence had been part of a bulk theft of ID cards stolen in Rome.
She said that Zota had opened a bank account using the documents and had been sending money home to his family in Albania.

Happens in Albania: MPs to Vote on ‘Decriminalising Politics’

The Paradoxes have no end in this country

Draft law barring people with criminal convictions from holding public office will go before parliament after main parties agree to constitutional reform.
Fatjona Mejdini

The Albanian parliament will vote in December on whether to adopt a new law excluding people with criminal convictions from holding public office.
A parliamentary commission was set up to draft the 'decriminalisation law' | Photo: Albanian Parliament 
The proposed law, referred to as the ‘decriminalisation law’, will permanently ban people who have been convicted of serious offences, including murder, rape and genocide, from appointment or election to state institutions.
If passed, all MPs, local politicians, government officials, civil servants and members of the military and police forces will be subject to criminal background checks.
The vote was scheduled after the two main government coalition members, the Socialist and Democratic parties, agreed on Monday to amend the constitution so the proposed law can be adopted. The deal was reached after several months of negotiations.
“This law will not only guarantee that people with criminal records stay out of parliament, it will also stop MPs from making strong [sometimes unfounded] allegations against each other in this important institution. From now on, only the law will decide if high-ranking officials have a criminal past or not,” Taulant Balla, vice-chair of the cross-party parliamentary commission set up to draft the new legislation, told the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN.
In addition to permanently barring people with serious convictions, the new law will impose minimum time periods before those convicted of lesser offences can assume office.
An official found guilty of corruption would be banned from holding public office for 20 years, while those convicted of offences resulting in jail terms of two years or under will be barred for 10 years.
Albanians who are facing trial or are subject to international arrest warrants would also be barred.
MPs with criminal records exposed
The proposed law is the result of a series of political scandals in which several MPs were exposed by the media and opposition party members as either having convictions or facing charges, including for serious offences.
Socialist MP Arben Ndoka resigned in October after his previous conviction for human trafficking by an Italian court was made public.
Belgian prosecutors have accused Mark Frroku, a Christian Democratic Party MP, ofmurdering another Albanian in Brussels in 1999. The victim was allegedly blackmailing a woman who had been exploited by a prostitution ring. An Albanian court is considering Belgium’s request for Frroku's extradition. Frroku has denied any wrongdoing and described the charges against him as politically motivated.
The Albanian government has also come under increasing pressure from the international community to pass legislation barring people with criminal records from public office.
Donald Lu, the US ambassador to Tirana, has frequently expressed concerns that the government has failed to stop those with criminal pasts from becoming members of parliament or being appointed as state officials.
However, some observers are not convinced the new law will clean up Albanian politics.
Neritan Sejamini, media analyst and political sciences lecturer at Tirana University, told BIRN that this law alone cannot guarantee that political life in Albania will be entirely free from influence from those with criminal records.
“This law touches just some of the symptoms of Albania politics but it doesn’t cure the disease. The whole political system in the country is dominated by autocracy, corruption and criminality and even if we are not going to have any more MPs with criminal records, the criminals outside parliament will influence them,” he said.

S.Lavrov: "Turkey is violating Greek airspace in the Aegean 1,500 times a year and broke the Russian fighter ... for 17 seconds"

The Russian FM S.Lavrov, regarding the shooting down of Russian fighter Su-24 indicating the time 1,500 violations of IDPs by Turkish fighters, "something for which Greece is looking to the right of vain "

With his statement for NATO Alliance which yesterday apparently sided with Turkey and showing that adopts protect jihadists gangs that destroy Syria, he said that "Turkey is properly protected the airspace."

But he does not say the same for the Turkish violations of Greek airspace.

The S.Lavrov granted before a little press conference in which he referred to the conversation he had with Minister Nikos Kotzia in which the Greek Foreign Ministry reminded the 1,500 Turkish violations annually.

Specifically Sergei Lavrov said: "What happened yesterday is unacceptable. Yes I heard yesterday condolences from Davutoglu but at the same time insisted on Turkish positions and tried to explain. Regarding our questions about the violation of the Syrian airspace by Turkish aircraft remind that Turkish planes violate Greek airspace over the Aegean 1,500 times a year on average and Greece often opposed for it in vain.

Yesterday the Greek Foreign Minister called me to express my solidarity and reminded me of those 1,500 violations of Greek airspace by Turkish aircraft have become something of a routine practice. And he told me that he does not accept the explanations of the Turks even if there was a breach 17 seconds does not justify the attack on the Russian fighter. "

"Russia does not want to wage war against Turkey, however, seriously review its relations with Ankara."

"I do not want to create problems for Turkish companies or our own, but we can not let what happened without a response," he said.

Daily Mail: Albanian singer sparking fears ISIS had arrived in Albanian city

Singer sparks panic after dancers dressed ‘like terrorists’ perform in the back of a truck for her music video… sparking fears ISIS had arrived in Albanian city

  • Police called amid fears of ISIS militants on outskirts of Tirana, Albania
  • MP posted images on Facebook as panic spread on outskirts of the city
  • But police arrived and found that it was just dancers in a new music video
  • Singer Ronela Hajati told locals to 'calm down' because it was 'only a video'
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An Albanian singer sparked panic among locals who feared dancers in her music video were ISIS militants riding in to their city on the back of trucks.
Police were flooded with calls about the apparent sighting of 'terrorists' crowded onto the back of vehicles on the outskirts of Albania's capital Tirana.
Among those to raise the alarm was local MP Mesila Doda, who posted the images on her Facebook account.
Panic: Police in Tirana, Albania were flooded with calls from people believing ISIS militants had arrived in the city
Panic: Police in Tirana, Albania were flooded with calls from people believing ISIS militants had arrived in the city
Officers who raced to the scene and stopped the lorry, discovered that the suspected extremists were actually actors and dancers taking part in a new music video for 26-year-old local singer Ronela Hajati (pictured)
Officers who raced to the scene and stopped the lorry, discovered that the suspected extremists were actually actors and dancers taking part in a new music video for 26-year-old local singer Ronela Hajati (pictured)
Officers who raced to the scene and stopped the lorry, discovered that the suspected extremists were actually actors and dancers taking part in a new music video for 26-year-old local singer Ronela Hajati (pictured)
The RnB musician (pictured with her dance crew) posted on her account that the video had nothing to do with ISIS and urged people to calm down and not jump to conclusions
The RnB musician (pictured with her dance crew) posted on her account that the video had nothing to do with ISIS and urged people to calm down and not jump to conclusions
But officers who raced to the scene and stopped the lorry, discovered that the suspected extremists were actually actors and dancers taking part in a new music video for 26-year-old local singer Ronela Hajati. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Surveillance Flights started the Greek Army Air Corps on the border with Albania

Surveillance flights in the area of ​​the 8th Brigade in Ioannina began the Greek Army Air Force in an attempt to increase the feeling of safety of residents, but also to send the message across of how the country's borders are to be guaranty for citizens..

The UH-1 helicopter made low flights over the overseer outposts, from isolated villages of the Greek Albanian border and around the city of Ioannina.

The flight of the helicopter is among the measures announced by the Defense Minister Panos Kamenos after the tour conducted in June in Epirus and Western Macedonia, regarding the strengthening of the feeling of security of local residents. Those measures are also strengthening the staff of guards and supervisors of the Units of the region, which already has been achieved with targeted interventions to transfer the last two rows of soldiers.

Moreover, the continuous execution of Regular Exercise After Troop (TAMS), such as the recent TAMS 'PENTALONI - 2015 ", but also the inclusion Units of the region with sections Special Forces, running reconnaissance and training in the area of ​​Special Sections Commando and surveillance flights helicopters.

Putin calls Turkey 'accomplices of terrorists' after Russian jet shot down - live updates

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  • Turkey says its jets have shot down a warplane near Syrian border
  • Russia says an SU-24 fighter jet was shot down over Syria
  • Putin’s spokesman calls it ‘a very serious event’
  • Turkey releases radar images of the jet over its airspace
  • Nato to hold extraordinary council meeting on Turkey’s request
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Obama: 'Turkey and Russia must talk and de-escalate'

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Syrian rebels 'BLEW UP' Russian rescue helicopter searching for jet pilots

SHOCKING video footage has emerged apparently showing the moment Syrian rebels BLEW UP a Russian rescue helicopter searching for the pilots of a warplane downed by Turkey. 

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Footage appears to show Syrian rebels blowing up a Russian helicopter IG
Footage appears to show Syrian rebels blowing up a Russian helicopter
In the disturbing film released by the Syrian Free Army rebel group a missile can be seen travelling towards the stricken chopper, which has landed in a mountainous area, before it explodes in a huge fireball.
Moments earlier a single soldier is seen assembling an American made TOW portable anti-tank missile launcher on a hillside before taking aim at the helicopter.
A narrator triumphantly gloats over the top of the video exclaiming "Allahu Akbar" - meaning "God is great" - as the missile hits and mangled wreckage from the craft is blasted into the air.
Earlier the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said that the search and rescue helicopter had been forced to make an emergency landing after being shot at with a missile by Syrian rebels.
It was not immediately clear whether or not any Russian military personnel were in the helicopter at the time of the explosion. The shocking footage was posted on Twitter by an expert analyst in the Middle East but has not been independently verified.

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Moscow denies airspace violation

Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.It was the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian or Soviet military aircraft since the 1950s and Russian and Turkish assets fell on fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies.
A Kremlin spokesman said it was a "very serious incident" but that it was too early to draw conclusions.
Footage from private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk TV showed the warplane going down in flames in a woodland area, a long plume of smoke trailing behind it. The plane went down in area known by Turks as "Turkmen Mountain", it said.
Separate footage from Turkey's Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed.
Russia's defence ministry said one of its Su-24 fighter jets had been downed in Syria and that, according to preliminary information, the pilots were able to eject. It said the aircraft had been over Syria for the duration of its flight.
The Turkish military said the aircraft had been warned 10 times in the space of five minutes about violating Turkish airspace. Officials said a second plane had also approached the border and been warned.
"The data we have is very clear. There were two planes approaching our border, we warned them as they were getting too close," a senior Turkish official told Reuters.
"We warned them to avoid entering Turkish airspace before they did, and we warned them many times. Our findings show clearly that Turkish airspace was violated multiple times. And they violated it knowingly," the official said.
Russia's unilateral decision to launch air strikes in Syria mean Russian and NATO planes have been flying combat missions in the same air space for the first time since World War Two, targeting various insurgent groups close to Turkish borders.
Russia's main stock index fell more than two percent, while Turkish stocks fell 1.3 percent. Both the rouble and lira were weaker.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was briefed by the head of the military, while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ordered consultations with NATO, the United Nations and related countries, their respective offices said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the warplane crashed in a mountainous area in the northern countryside of Latakia province, where there had been aerial bombardment earlier and where pro-government forces have been battling insurgents on the ground.
Islamic State, which has beheaded foreign captives in the past, is not known to have a presence there.
One of the pilots was in the hands of Turkmen forces in Syria who were looking for the other one, broadcaster CNN Turk reported, citing local sources. Russian military helicopters were also searching for the pilots, Turkey's Dogan news agency reported.
Both Russia and its ally, Syria's government, have carried out strikes in the area. A Syrian military source said the reported downing was being investigated.
Turkey called this week for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in neighbouring Syria, and last week Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the bombing of their villages.
Ankara has traditionally expressed solidarity with Syrian Turkmens, who are Syrians of Turkish descent.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to visit Turkey on Wednesday to discuss Syria, in a trip arranged before this incident. Erdogan is meanwhile expected to visit Russia for talks with Putin in late December.
About 1,700 people have fled the mountainous Syrian area near to the Turkish border as a result of fighting in the last three days, a Turkish official said on Monday. Russian jets have bombed the area in support of ground operations by Syrian government forces.
(Additional reporting by Daren Butler, Melih Aslan and Asli Kandemir in Istanbul, Orhan Coskun in Ankara, Maria Kiselyova and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow, Tom Perry and Sylvia Westall in Beirut; Writing by Nick Tattersall and David Dolan; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Philippa Fletcher)
A war plane crashes in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015. Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian-made warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeatedly...
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Russian Jet Su-24 Crashes on Syrian-Turkish Border

Russian aircraft at Latakia airport

© Sputnik/ Dmitriy Vinogradov
Middle East

Russian jet Su-24 has crashed on the Turkish-Syrian border, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"Su-24 of the Russian aviation group has crashed in the Syrian Arab Republic after alleged fire from the ground," the Russian Defense Ministry stated.
According to the preliminary reports, the plane was gunned down from the ground.
The Su-24 bomber jet was in Syrian airspace at the altitude 6,000 meters, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The pilots were reportedly able to parachute out of the jet before it crashed.

State Department issues worldwide travel alert

  • The State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert warning Americans of terror attacks
  • State warned of terror groups' plots as well as individuals carrying out their own attacks
Washington (CNN)The United States issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres.
The State Department warned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram "continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions."
It also warned of the possibility of individuals carrying out their own attacks.
"These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests," the department said in issuing a travel alert that expires on February 24, 2016.
The alert does not instruct Americans to avoid travel, but it does urge U.S. citizens to "exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation."
"Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events," the State Department said in the alert.
The department said that terrorist attacks remain likely as ISIS members return from Iraq and Syria.
It warned that "there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis," pointing specifically to large sporting events, theaters, open markets and airlines.
In July, the State Department issued a "Worldwide Caution" that also warned ISIS and others continued to plan terrorist attacks against the United States and Western interests in Europe.
An "Alert" is time-limited, often for 90 days, at which it can be reviewed. An alert is not necessarily stronger or weaker than a caution. The most recent worldwide travel alert was issued in December 2014, and prior to that in August 2013, September 2011, and May 2011.