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Russia’s Chief of Army Says Moscow Backs Opposition Offensive in Syria

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Russia’s air force is conducting dozens of air strikes in Syria daily to support the Free Syrian Army fighting alongside government troops against Islamic militants, the chief of Russian army’s general staff was quoted as saying on Monday. The number of Free Syrian Army fighters now advancing in the provinces

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Turkey – Russia Relations: The Butterfly Effect

A diplomatic confrontation between Turkey’s President Erdogan and Russia’s President Putin may unleash a conflict which may impact the world By NOUR SAMAHA It was as though it was clipped from the sky: a single satellite image that has set the region agog. Across a tiny area on the map, over the opposition-held Jabal Turkman

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Turkey Calls for Opening of Communication Channels With Russia

ANKARA, Dec 1 – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Tuesday for the opening of communication channels between Turkey and Russia to prevent incidents like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets along the Syrian border last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan did not meet at Monday’s

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Turkey Prepares to Hand Over Pilot’s Body to Russia

ANKARA, Nov. 29 (Reuters) – The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara

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Russia’s President Putin Signs Turkey Sanctions Decree

By Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt MOSCOW, Nov 28 – President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, underlining the depth of the Kremlin’s anger towards Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. The decree, which entered into force immediately, said charter flights

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Turkey Does Not Want Escalation After Russian Jet Downed: Pres. Erdogan

By Nick Tattersall and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Nov 25 – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey did not want any escalation after it shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had simply acted to defend its own security and the “rights of our brothers” in Syria. But while neither

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Putin Says Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane a ‘Stab in the Back’

  MOSCOW/SOCHI, Russia, Nov. 24 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara. Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday before a meeting

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Putin Vows To Hunt Militants Who Downed Russian Jet

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Nov. 17 – Vladimir Putin said Russia would intensify its air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria and launch a global manhunt after the Kremlin concluded that terrorists had placed a bomb on a Russian passenger jet which broke up over Egypt last month. “We will find them anywhere on the

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