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    Turkey's move to shoot down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria was "a nightmare incident," according to former Austrian Chancellor and Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schuessel.

    In an interview with RT, former Austrian Chancellor and Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schuessel described last week's attack in which a Turkish warplane shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria as a nightmare incident.

    He blamed the Turkish authorities for what he branded as an inappropriate reaction.

    "I think the response of Turkey, even if there would be some incidents, let's say, for 2-5 seconds crossing a border land, it's not an appropriate reaction for that," Schuessel said.

    He suggested that this could be addressed via "military coordination in this very disputed area."

    On defusing tensions between Moscow and Ankara, Schuessel said that direct Russian-Turkish negotiations are needed if the parties hope to resolve the issue.

    Also, he called on international leaders to act more aggressively to combat Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), instead of targeting Kurdish fighters in Syria.

    "Turkey can do much more to fight ISIS… The Peshmerga, as you know, is a staunch ally against ISIL or ISIS, and Turkey could also do more to stop the influx of foreign recruits en route to Syria," he said.

    A Russian Su-24 bomber was shot down by a Turkish Air Force F16 fighter in Syria on November 24.

    One pilot of the Russian warplane was killed by militants after he ejected from the aircraft, while the other managed to survive.

    Ankara accused the Su-24 had of violating its air space, allegations that the Russian Defense Ministry vehemently rejects. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a "stab in the back" by the accomplices of terrorists.


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