Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has recommended Russian citizens refrain from visiting Turkey, causing tour operators to freeze reservations, while flights to touristic Turkish provinces, particularly Antalya, have been canceled

How Turkey confounded Putin’s favorite narratives

On Monday, two Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian plane which Turkey said had crossed into its airspace. Various interpretations could in theory be placed upon this event. Depending on one’s point of view, it could be described as an act of self-defense on the part of Turkey, a NATO member — or an act of aggression. But to Vladimir Putin, and to his claque in the Russian media, only one question matters: To which of his narratives should it belong? Read full article >>
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 26 that Turkey would not apologize for the Nov. 24 downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian border
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu has vowed to issue no apology to Moscow over the downing of a Russian jet on the Syrian border
The Kremlin said on Nov. 26 that Russia was still awaiting a reasonable answer from Ankara on why it downed a Russian fighter jet earlier this week
60 business people from Turkey attending an exposition in Russia has been detained by immigration office, and ruled to be sent to assembly area.
Turkey has no reason to target Russia – a country with whom it has strong relations – Turkish President Erdoğan said Nov. 26, two days after Turkish jets shot down a Russian military plane near the Syrian border

Why did it take Turkey just 17 seconds to shoot down Russian jet?

Ankara has delivered an incendiary message to Moscow, and while there may be too much at stake for the conflict to spill out of control it also won’t go away

Even if Turkey is right that a Russian fighter jet strayed into its airspace, the plane was within Ankara’s borders for just 17 seconds before being attacked – and was making no hostile moves against the Turks.


Turkey’s state-run news agency and activists on the ground say Russian airstrikes hit an aid convoy travelling near the Syrian border town of Azaz in the Aleppo province.


“Significant consequences.”


While the surviving pilot of a Russian fighter jet shot down over Turkey on Monday said he received no notice that the jet had entered Turkish air space, Turkish media circulated audio of what the country’s military said was a warning message that was broadcast to the jet.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Moscow to draw up measures including freezing some joint investment projects with Turkey, in retaliation for the Nov. 24 downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey

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