“In fact, there were no warnings. Neither by radio nor visually. There was no contact at all. Therefore, we went to the combat course in the normal mode. You need to understand what the speed of the bomber, and what - at the fighter F16. If we wanted to warn us, we could show ourselves by standing on a parallel course. And there was nothing. Yes, and the rocket came to the tail of our aircraft suddenly. We didn’t even see it visually in order to have time to make an anti-missile maneuver. ”
Recall Su-24 was shot down on Tuesday. The Turkish side claims that the Su-24 aircraft violated the country's air border and the F-16 pilots, before releasing the missile, were warned several times by the Russian crew about a possible attack.