Announcements made by Moscow include banning of some Turkish poultry imports – hardly a suggestion of bellicose intent
The Turkish embassy in Moscow was pelted with eggs, stones and paint. Viewers of state television heard that the “cynical” Turks showed no remorse for their dastardly actions. The Russian state news agency Sputnik warned: “The sick man of Nato: Erdogan’s madness ‘could provoke WWIII’”.
An excerpt from Turkish military audio recordings, which were released on Wednesday, is said to document repeated warnings to the Russian jet which was shot down near the Syrian border on Tuesday.
Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane risks intensifying the violence engulfing Syria, thereby dashing hopes for a rapprochement between Russia and the West that had arisen in the wake of the Paris massacre. To address these challenges, Turkey and the EU must commit to building a genuine partnership.
On Tuesday morning, Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet for allegedly flying across a border that Russia says it never crossed.
As details begin to emerge, both sides are gathering and presenting evidence in an escalating blame game.
After Turkish aircraft shot down a Russian fighter jet over the country’s border region with Syria President Vladimir Putin has threatened Turkey, a Nato member, with serious consequences. Some commentators fear that the war against the IS may spiral out of control following the incident on Tuesday. Others believe Russia will exercise restraint so as not to jeopardise its return to the international community.
Two Su-24 planes approached Turkish airspace on Tuesday morning, a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15 members of the UN Security Council said. The Russian planes are described in a document, published by WikiLeaks
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