Angry Russians Threaten Turkey After It Downed Russian Jet

Russians are vowing revenge and calling on tourists to leave Turkey after it said it shot down a Russian warplane near the Syria-Turkey border

Nov 24, 2015 at 6:44 AM ET

Angry Russians hurled threats at Turkey and demanded a military and diplomatic response to the downing of a Russian Su-24 near the Syria-Turkey border on Tuesday. Some urged revenge against the Turkish president and others attacked NATO after Turkey—a NATO member—said it shot down the warplane.

At the heart of the backlash across Twitter, Facebook and Russia’s most popular social media network, Vkontakte, were also robust calls to boycott Turkey, a popular tourist destination among Russians. “Who will go on a vacation in Turkey now?” Russian TV and radio journalist Vladimir Solovyov wrote on Twitter. “What joint economic projects can we even discuss with Turkey? Should we withdraw the ambassador from Turkey?”

Russian writer and political dissident Eduard Limonov urged Russia to “react symmetrically and even asymmetrically,” asking in a Twitter post, “What’s wrong with you Turkey? Tourists return!”

More Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane Near Syrian Border

Turkey said it downed the Russian jet down after warning the plane it was violating airspace. But Russia’s ministry of defense said in a Twitter post that the aircraft “was flying only within borders of Syrian territory.”

In October, Russian fighter jets entered Turkish airspace twice and Turkey downed a Russian-made drone that violated its airspace, according to the AFP.

Turkey says it will take the latest incident to NATO. “Necessary initiatives will be taken at NATO, UN and at the level of countries concerned by the foreign ministry upon instructions from Mr Prime Minister,” a statement from the Turkish prime minister’s office said, the AFP reported.

Translation: “Turkey crossed the line. It begins with actively supporting ISIS! Now, it’s time to deal with #TurkeyTerrorist”

Translation: “If Turkey downed our jet, should we attack Turkey?” (By early Tuesday, 80 percent of 400 polled said ‘yes.’)