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Confusion Over Alleged Turkish Shoot Down Of Armenian Attack Jet

Confusion Over Alleged Turkish Shoot Down Of Armenian Attack Jet
Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon, Turkey – Air Force

Confusion reigns over Armenian news service reports the Turkish Air Force, operating from Azerbaijan, has shot down an Armenian SU-25 ground attack jet in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Caucasus, where Yerevan and Baku are in a mini hot war.

Turkish air force F-16s have been deployed against Armenia and shot down an Armenian military aircraft amid the Azeri attack on Artsakh, the Armenian military said, wrote ArmenPress.

“Today, starting from 10:30, Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jets took off from the Gyanja airport in Azerbaijan and were ensuring the Azerbaijani SU-25 and Turkish-made Bayraktar UAV bombings from the Azerbaijani Dalyar airport at the Armenian settlements and Armed Forces land divisions positioned in the Vardenis, Mets Masrik and Sotk regions of the Vardenis region in Armenia.

“In the abovementioned period our air force was providing air support to the Armenian Armed Forces Air Defense units. During their mission and aerial battles, a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet shot down an on-duty SU-25 jet of the Armenian Air Force in Armenian airspace,” Shushan Stepanyan said.

She said the pilot of the SU-25 died. The F-16 was at 60km depth and 8200 altitude, she said.

Russian news did not confirm or deny the incident. Russia has a military base in Armenia.

Turkey’s F-16 fighter shot down Armenia’s Sukhoi Su-25 from Azerbaijni territory, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported. The Turkish plane, while staying inside Azerbaijani airspace, was providing support for Azerbaijan’s forces on the ground delivering strikes against the Armenian city of Vardenis, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“At about 10:30 on Tuesday Turkish F-16 fighters took off from the airbase in Ganja to provide support for Azderbaijani forces’ strikes against the city of Vardenis and the villages of Mets Masrik and Sotk. A Turkish F-16 shot down a Sukhoi-25 of the Armenian Air Force, which was on a combat mission. The Turkish fighter was 60 kilometers inside Azerbaijan’s air space at an altitude of 8,200 meters,” the Armenian Defense Ministry said in a news release.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin denies a Turkish fighter destroyed an Armenian fighter-bomber. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry dismissed this as a lie, too.

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