Turkey denies its F-16 fighter jet shot down Armenian plane
Kremlin calls for truce, Turkey backs Azerbaijan’s campaign
Russia called on Turkey to help end fighting between their respective allies Armenia and Azerbaijan as the conflict escalated for a third day, with disputed claims over the downing of an Armenian jet roiling the lira and the ruble.
Armenia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that one of its Su-25 jets had been shot down in its airspace by a Turkish F-16 fighter operating over Azerbaijan. Turkey and Azerbaijan swiftly denied the report, but declines in the Russian and Turkish currencies point to mounting concern that the two regional powers could be dragged in on opposite sides of the fighting.
“Any statements about military support or military activity definitely add fuel to the fire,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday on a conference call before the plane reports. Russia expects all countries and “particularly partner states such as Turkey” to do everything to persuade the warring sides to stop the violence, he said.