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A war of words between Turkey and Russia escalates as Putin accuses the US of knowing the flight path of the downed Russian jet. Turkey's president has warned Vladimir Putin not to "play with fire" as their war of words continues over the downing of a jet.
President Recep Erdogan says he does not want to harm relations with Russia and hopes to meet Mr Putin "face to face" in Paris next week.
But the Russian President is refusing to contact Mr Erdogan directly because Ankara does not want to apologise, a Putin aide said.
In another development, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would suspend the visa-free scheme with Turkey from the New Year.
Turkish president Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'; Russian visas for Turkish nationals suspended
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia not to "play with fire", but says he does not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that look more likely to inflame rather than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber.
Relations between the former Cold War antagonists are at their worst in recent memory after Turkey shot down the jet near the Syrian border on Monday.
Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Ankara, which Turkey has dismissed as "emotional" and "unfitting".
"We very sincerely recommend to Russia not to play with fire," Mr Erdogan told supporters during a speech in Bayburt, in northeast Turkey.
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
"It’s no secret that Turkey has always been a source of problems in the Crimea, whether it was part of the Ukraine or Russia. Turkey has always considered the Crimea as their territory, only temporarily lost by the Ottoman Empire. Because of that, they have constantly created problems, which strengthened rapidly after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
originally posted by: 0hlord
Turkey shouldnt have downed the jet simple as that.
Juggling hot potatoes saying catch to Russia and then saying not to play with fire...
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's expression of "sadness" is an olive branch.
originally posted by: Peeple
a reply to: Telos
Ey! No need to be so rude. I just thought it was interesting how the BBC was slightly downplaying the danger in the situation...
Is this personal to you, or why get so insulting? All pumped up finally a war, yeah! Or what is your deal?