Bulgarian ambassador in Ankara: Turkey’s downing of Russian bomber could destabilise region, cause new refugee wave

The Turkish Air Force downing of a Russian SU-24 military jet could lead to destabilisation in the region and a new wave of refugees, Bulgarian ambassador to Turkey Nadezhda Neynsky said on November 25.

The same day, Ilian Vassilev, Bulgaria’s former ambassador in Moscow, said that Russia would not respond militarily to the shooting down of its air force bomber but did not rule out Russia finding a way to “equalise the score”.

Turkey shot down the Russian aircraft on November 24, saying that it had ignored repeated warnings that it was intruding on Turkish airspace. Moscow claims that the SU-24 was in Syrian airspace.

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(Photo of Neynsky: Piotr Drabik)