Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan traded accusations as they took their respective turns at the podium at the summit on climate change in Paris.
“We have every reason to think that the decision to shoot down our plane was dictated by the desire to protect the oil supply lines to Turkish territory,” said Mr Putin.
“We have received additional information which unfortunately confirms that this oil, produced in areas controlled by Isil and other terrorist organisations, is transported on an industrial scale to Turkey.”
The story is, and it is only gossip so far, that the President’s son organises the convoys. The Russians are the first to have attacked those convoys, thus the Turkish reaction.
That I don’t normally believe or trust Putin doesn’t mean he can’t be right sometimes.