Turkish officials now insist they tried to warn the pilot that the Russian jet was flying into a strike zone as it approached the site where it was shot down. Turkey has released what it claims is a recording of warnings given to the Russian pilots, instructing them to change course, as reported by The Huffington Post.
For his part, Putin has just met with the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, where they discussed French-Russian coordination in the fight against Islamic State, and where Putin expressed his commitment to teaming with France to defeat ISIS following the Paris attacks.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said "neutralizing and eradicating Daesh" – Daesh is the Arabic acronym used for Islamic State – is the priority that should be shared by all France's allies. The week of intense talks also saw Vladimir Putin meeting with the French president.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, as well as for the destruction of another Russian aircraft, this time a passenger plane, over Egypt.
Fabius said that, during their talks, Putin agreed on the need to focus international efforts against Islamic State, and the US/Russian clash over the leaked intelligence comes as a potential snag in that plan to coordinate efforts internationally.
France is reportedly drawing up a map of moderate groups that it hopes will help protect anti-ISIS fighters on the ground from warplanes.