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Washington - U.S. Says Russia Violated Turkish Airspace, But Dialogue Needed Now

Published on: November 30, 2015 09:37 PM
By: Reuters
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Washington - U.S. and Turkish evidence shows a Russian military jet violated Turkish air space before it was shot down last week, but it is important now that Moscow and Ankara work to de-escalate the situation, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told a briefing evidence from Turkey and U.S. sources “indicates the Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace” despite being warned multiple times by Turkish forces. She declined to elaborate on where the plane was when it was shot down.

Trudeau said while the United States supported Turkey’s right to defend its airspace, it was important now for Ankara and Moscow to take steps to de-escalate the tensions on both sides.

“We need to encourage dialogue now and we need to de-escalate the situation,” she said, adding that “continued discussion between the two parties is what is important now.”

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 Nov 30, 2015 at 09:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Just because Israel takes crap from the U.S. doesn't mean Russia will.


 Dec 01, 2015 at 08:04 AM Anonymous Says:

The State Department's opinion might interest the intellectually challenged media in America, but no one else really cares. The world watches the Obama administration's foreign policy like a cartoon. It seems to follow ideas that are amusing, though often with catastrophic results. No one takes Obama seriously. This is due to Obama's almost perfect batting average of making stupid decisions. Turkey and Russia have their own issue to handle, and Obama's opinion will not have greater value than entertainment. He has been far better at golf than at foreign policy, and he should be working with his strengths, not his weaknesses.


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