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Turkey to Russia: Don’t play with fire over downed jet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has
warned Russia’s President Vladimir Putin not to
“play with fire” over his country’s downing of a
Russian jet.

Mr. Erdogan also said he wanted to meet Mr. Putin
“face-to-face” at climate talks in Paris to resolve the
issue, the BBC reports.

Mr. Putin wants an apology from Turkey before he
will speak to Mr. Erdogan, the Russian president’s
aide said.

Russia has suspended its visa-free arrangement
with Turkey in the latest of a range of retaliatory

Turkey said the Russian warplane was in its
airspace when the decision was taken to shoot it
down on Tuesday, but Russia insisted the plane
was flying over Syria at the time.

Tensions have been heightened by the fact that the
two countries are pursuing different aims in Syria.

Russia has been carrying out air strikes against
opponents of President Bashar al-Assad since late
September, while Turkey, which is a member of a
United States-led coalition, insisted Mr. Assad must
step down before any political solution to the crisis
is found.

However, all are united in trying to rid the region of
the so-called Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh

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