Relationship Russia and Turkey
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Posted 12/2/15
a bit more from sargons This Week in stupid:

And from a Russian viewer's view on this matter.

said there are close to 90,000 Turkish nationals working in Russia. Taking family members into account, that figure rises to 200,000.

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said he does not want to harm relations with such an important trading partner

And a Russian military official also denied Turkey's claims it brought the plane down with two F16s on regular border patrols - saying it believed the bomber was shot down by artillery fire from the ground.

Putin has said the plane was attacked a kilometer inside Syrian territory, while Erdogan says it crashed in Turkey, injuring two people, after being in Turkish airspace for 17 seconds.

A military official, quoted by Turkey's Dogan news agency, said the plane was shot down by Turkish F16s, and that the pilots were given repeated prior warning.
In a statement, the Russian defence ministry confirmed the jet was one of its SU-24 bombers.

"I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us," he said from the Turkish capital. "Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize. Our pilots and our armed forces, they simply fulfilled their duties, which consisted of responding to ... violations of the rules of engagement. I think this is the essence."

In a meeting with community leaders in Ankara, Erdogan said, "If the same violation occurs today, Turkey has to react the same way."

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