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    German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has lashed out at Turkey for this week’s downing of a Russian bomber over Syria close to the Turkish border, German media reported on Wednesday.

    “This incident showed that, based on statements from other countries in the region, there is a player in the region who is unpredictable and that is Turkey and not Russia,” Gabriel told the weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

    He added that “Turkey has played a difficult role' in the Syrian conflict.”

    On Tuesday a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crashed on Syrian territory four kilometers from the Turkish border.

    President Vladimir Putin later said that the plane had been shot down by an air-to-air missile fired by a Turkish F-16.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the Su-24 had not violated the Turkish border.

    Ankara, for its part, insists that the Russian plane had indeed strayed into the country’s airspace.

    Many leading European politicians have criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  over Tuesday’s incident with the Russian military jet.

    On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Turkey and Russia to exercise restraint and  act in a rational and prudent manner in the wake of the incident which he  labeled as “serious.”

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    • avatar
      It is just a matter of time before we start seeing resignations in Turkey. Russia must step up the diplomatic pressure and maintain it until it brings the current Turkish government down.
    • avatar
      tobi.gelando
      Bravo Fr. Merkel you start to go in the right direction you have also to tell Obonga what to do. He has created the ISIS....
      God bless Russia and Putin.
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      w8jlr
      Let's say that Russian pilot crossed the border, if by crossing into my property my neighbor kill someone that is my "enemy" why should I hit my neighbor. I believe Turkey finally let out the well known secret in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, they are selling oil from Syria in the world market. ISIS robbed the oil and Turkey sell it. Russia should continue the clean up process in a surgical way. President Putin is doing the best to fix the problem of terrorist but when Erdogan have a "Francis Drake" ISIS at his disposal more help is needed to cure the Cancer.
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      w8jlr
      Let's say that Russian pilot crossed the border, if by crossing into my property my neighbor kill someone that is my "enemy" why should I hit my neighbor. I believe Turkey finally let out the well known secret in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, they are selling oil from Syria in the world market. ISIS robbed the oil and Turkey sell it. Russia should continue the clean up process in a surgical way. President Putin is doing the best to fix the problem of terrorist but when Erdogan have a "Francis Drake" ISIS at his disposal more help is needed to cure the Cancer.
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      infoin reply totobi.gelando(Show commentHide comment)
      tobi.gelando, sorry but pls be aware that Merkel is a part of the problem, she and her friend-organisations invited the syrian young men to be refugees instead to do their job in army to defend their home country against ISIS , and by double effect this young men are PLANNED to create the new mix-race according to NWO plans , slaves with IQ 90.
      you cannot believe that?
      it is too much shocking yr comfort-zone ?
      then google on youtube THE HOOTON PLAN
      and "we make you mulitkulti"
      and google THE YINON PLAN .
      Wake up people, wake up !
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      marcanhalt
      Erdogan: Surely a type cast for a new James Bond villain.
    • Ragnar
      They are totally predictable, they want total control over the territory of the long gone Ottoman Empire. Big dream. They hope, that for oil the NATO will help them achieving this. Only issue is, that they not the superpower in that area. Russia and China are.
    • qvasko 15
      It is good to see some voices from NATO countries accepting this mild stance toward crisis....it is urgent for peace sustainability
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      Tactical Investor
      Finally, one accurate comment coming out from the West.
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