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In view of all the recent tragedies, one of the most volatile regions in the world has become even more tense as Turkish Troops shot down a Russian war plane near the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkey claims it warned the warplane of airspace violations and when the plane would not retreat Turkey fired the shots (view amateur video here).
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the downing of the Russian plane a “stab in the back that will have serious consequences for Russia’s relationship with Turkey.”
And Turkey’s ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kilic, was equally aggressive in his comments, tweeting: “Understand this: Turkey is a country whose warnings should be taken seriously and listened to. Don’t test Turkey’s patience. Try to win its friendship.”
NATO is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting, on the afternoon of Tuesday November 24th, regarding the recent conflict. There is a variety of speculation as to what really occurred but this minor conflict holds huge implications for global peace in the wake of the recent terror attacks. May our prayers be with the souls of the departed, the soldiers, the civilians, and all the leaders who hold many lives in their hands (view full CNN article here).
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