Verbal standoff between Russia and Turkey continues


Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspect honor guards during a welcoming ceremony at the new presidential palace outside Ankara, Turkey, 01 December 2014.

Verbal standoff between Russia and Turkey continues

The downing of a Russian by Turkey jet on Tuesday was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member and Russia for half a century, and further complicated international efforts to battle Islamic State militants in Syria.

President Tayyip Erdogan made no apology, saying his nation had simply been defending its own security and the "rights of our brothers in Syria". He made clear Turkish policy would not change.

Russian officials expressed fury over Turkey's act...

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