Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the United Kingom to send its specialists to investigate the black box recovered from its warplane shot down by Turkey last month in Syria.
Russian news agency TASS reported on Wednesday that Putin asked Britain to send in specialists to Moscow during a telephonic conversation with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
"The leaders exchanged opinions on relevant issues of ensuring security in the Middle East, first of all in the context of efforts on settling the situation in Syria. It was noted that Russia and UK have similar approaches toward the threat coming from Isis (also known as Daesh) and other terrorist groups operating in the region. In this context, issues of establishing bilateral cooperation between different state structures should be discussed," the press service said.
Cameron also conveyed his condolences over the downing of the Russian Su-24 jet, following which Putin invited British specialists to take part in deciphering data from the flight recorders recovered from the downed jet in Syria.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu had presented the black box from the Su-24 jet downed by Turkey over Syria on 24 November to the Russian president on Tuesday. Putin, however, has now asked the Defence Ministry to open the black box only in the presence of international experts.
Kremlin has said that it is still finalising on the list of countries, who are genuinely interested in finding out the truth about the downing of its warplane.