Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) A Russian warplane crashed Tuesday on the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson told CNN.
The cause of the crash and the fate of the pilots remains unclear, although the Russian Foreign Ministry said they ejected, according to state-run Sputnik news.
If it turns out that the plane was shot down, that would greatly exacerbate tensions in one of the most fraught regions of the world.
“According to the preliminary reports, the plane was gunned down from the ground,” Sputnik reported. MORE
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