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    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu should have left his post over the downing of Russian Su-24 jet in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the Turkish top diplomat said he would resign if Moscow were able to produce evidence proving Ankara’s support for Daesh.

    "It should have been done after Turkey downed a Russian plane. One does not leave office for links to Daesh, one goes to jail," Zakharva wrote on Facebook. 

    Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated after the downing of the Russian plane by a Turkish fighter jet in Syria on November 24, 2015. Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey in response to what Russian President Vladimir Putin classified as a "stab in the back."

    Russia's retaliatory measures against Ankara include, in particular, restrictions on the activities of Turkish organizations in Russia, an embargo on Russian employers hiring Turkish citizens and a ban on certain food imports.

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