Wednesday 28 September 2016

Russia 'stabbed in back' as jet shot down

Published 25/11/2015 | 02:30

US President Barack Obama listens intently to French President Francois Hollande during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House yesterday
US President Barack Obama listens intently to French President Francois Hollande during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House yesterday

Hotels, airlines and the wider tourism sector in Ireland are bracing for a drop in US visitors after American authorities issued a global travel alert.

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International tensions in the wake of the Paris terror attacks rose further after the shooting down of a Russian war plane on the Syrian border by Turkey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Turkey of "stabbing Russia in the back".

Mr Putin said the pilots had been "fulfilling their duty" "in the fight against terrorism".

After the US issued the travel alert to its citizens, President Barack Obama called on the EU to share data with the US about transatlantic air passengers.

A drop in visitors would be a huge blow to Irish tourism.

Irish Independent

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