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Russia and the West must build trust to carefully craft political solution for Syria

Charles Crawford

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met for talks earlier this month at the G-20 Summit in Antalya, before the Russian bomber was shot down
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met for talks earlier this month at the G-20 Summit in Antalya, before the Russian bomber was shot down

Just when we all might be thinking that the Syria imbroglio cannot get worse, a Russian bomber is shot down by Nato member Turkey.

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Verbal missiles of mutual accusation and denial fly to and fro between Moscow and Ankara.

It's no surprise that Turkey and Russia have had this dangerous military exchange. Turkey has been annoying its Nato allies by being far too easy on Isil for all sorts of reasons, not least its tough eye on the national ambitions of the region's Kurds.

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