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Wednesday, November 25th

Turkey shoots down Russian warplane on Syrian border “Two big powers supporting different factions in the Syrian civil war clashed with each other on Tuesday when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had strayed into its airspace. The tensions immediately took on Cold War overtones when Russia rejected Turkey’s claim and Ankara responded by asking for an emergency NATO meeting, eliciting more Russian anger and ridicule. After the meeting, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, called for ‘calm and de-escalation’ and said that the allies ‘stand in solidarity with Turkey’. It was thought to be the first time a NATO country has shot down a Russian plane in a half-century.” (Also: Three questions about the downed Russian jet)

The New York Times