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Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane might suit Erdogan

Nato has no other option but to support Turkey’s position

By Jonathan Eyal  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attend a a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. Russia said the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey claimed that its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it ignored several warnings.(AP Photo/Presidential Press Service, Pool )

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attend a a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. Russia said the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey claimed that its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it ignored several warnings.(AP Photo/Presidential Press Service, Pool ) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,…

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