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    Russian Su-24 Jet Downed Over Syria (276)

    After the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria, Turkish journalists and other public intellectuals took to Twitter and strongly criticized the actions of their government and Turkey’s foreign policy in general.

    The Turkish public fears the incident with the downing of the Russian plane will have negative consequences for their country and result in a sharp deterioration in Russo-Turkish relations.

    "I'm watching with attention and a great concern the actions of our country and the alarming events that are taking place on the Syrian border," Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the Turkish Republican People's Party, said on his Twitter account.

    "Russia is a very important country for Turkey in terms of cooperation, especially in tourism, trade and industry. We need common sense," Former Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay shared his thoughts.

    "The incident with the Russian plane is a mistake that our country made in its foreign policy," famous journalist and anchor of the Turkish version of Fox TV Ismail Kucukkaya said.

    His colleague Fatih Portakal was angry at the US government:

    "USA: This incident is between Russia and Turkey. And now they're saying solve the problem yourself?"

    Journalist and political analyst Ceyda Karan from the newspaper Cumhuriyet also criticized the actions of the Turkish government:

    "It seems Obama became the defender of Turkmen, who support al-Nusra Front. He said problems on the [Syria-Turkey] border were caused by Russian airstrikes."

    "Isn't Turkey recognizing the weakness of its system of gathering intelligence by saying the ‘unidentified aircraft' statement?" — Former Turkish government Minister Nazli Ilicak said.

    On Tuesday, a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crashed on Syrian territory four kilometers from the Turkish border. The aircraft was shot down by a Turkish F-16 jet. One Russian pilot was killed, the other was rescued.

    Russian Su-24 Jet Downed Over Syria (276)


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