Turkey 'temporarily' suspends Syria air strikes after Russia spat

By AFP
Published: November 27, 2015
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A Turkish warplane takes off from the Incirlik Air Base near Adana. PHOTO: AFP

A Turkish warplane takes off from the Incirlik Air Base near Adana. PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA: Nato member Turkey has “temporarily” suspended air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border sparked a major row with Moscow, local media reported on Friday.

Turkish F-16 jets on Tuesday shot down a Russian warplane which Ankara said had breached its air space. Russia on Thursday vowed to carry out broad retaliatory measures against Turkey’s economy.

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Turkey, a member of a US-led coalition fighting IS, has halted air raids against the group in Syria in order to avoid any further crises, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

“Both sides agreed to act cautiously until they re-establish dialogue channels to reduce tensions,” the paper said, citing security sources. Government officials contacted by AFP were not immediately available for comment.

The downing of the plane sparked a grave crisis in relations between the two countries, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling it a “stab in the back” and demanding an apology from Turkish leadership.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has angrily rebuffed the Kremlin’s demand for an apology and said Putin snubbed a phone call from him after the incident.

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  • Rex Minor
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:22PM

    Turkey, a member of a US-led coalition fighting IS, has halted air raids against the group in Syria in order to avoid any further crises, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

    Good move by Erdogan! The matter must be cleared up between Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan! The stage has been set for the start of the 3rd world War, which the Pope has already prophecised! Turkey will not accept Russian bombing of turkeman people near Turkish border nor will buckle against the Russian missiles. The balance of power in the middle east has shifted in favour of the Russians now which Turkey is unlikely to accept or even tolerate, whereas Vladimir will not be prepared to give up its firm hold in Syria.

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  • Big Bear
    Nov 27, 2015 - 6:48PM

    Turkey feeling the heat now…..
    Christmas roast coming early…
    Should think before trying to start WW3!!!Recommend

  • cautious
    Nov 27, 2015 - 6:51PM

    Makes sense – Turkey “airstrikes” are rare anyways and likely target Kurds. Nobody wants Russia to mistakenly shoot at an American fighter in an attempt to retaliate against Turkey.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Nov 27, 2015 - 8:11PM

    Erdogan has bitten too much……..he cannot chew it now……Putin will come to Erdogan slowly and surely……..What has Erdogan achieved by shooting down a plane on its border?…………….Is Erdogan profiting it?…….He put Turkey on a hook because of his son who is involved in commercial transactions of ISIS…..and is now hiding behind the petticoat of NATO……..Erdogan comes across an impulsive man…….he has lost his cool….. Recommend

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