Turkey shooting down plane was 'planned provocation' says Russia - latest
Russian and Syrian special forces free second pilot of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey, says defence minister
By Isabelle Fraser
1:05PM GMT 25 Nov 2015
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• Who are the Turkmen reported to have killed the pilots?
• What's happened so far?
Protesters hurl eggs and stones at Moscow's Turkish embassy
Protesters have hurled eggs and stones at the Turkish embassy in Moscow.Windows at the embassy's compound were shattered and eggs pelted against the walls on Wednesday after a protest there went sour. Police cleared the area and and made some arrests shortly after the protest began.
The activists broke several windows at the Turkish embassy as Moscow police urged them to stop the protest but did not intervene, an AFP photographer reported from the scene.Some chanted slurs against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while one of the placards read: "Turkey you will remain without gas."
Russian foreign minister backs Hollande's bid to close Turkey-Syria border
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday backed a proposal by French leader Francois Hollande to close off the Syria-Turkey border to prevent the flow of fighters crossing the frontier."I think this is a good proposal and that tomorrow President Hollande will talk to us in greater detail about it. We would be ready to seriously consider the necessary measures for this," Lavrov told journalists ahead of Hollande's visit to Moscow on Thursday.
Tensions ramped up - but what does it mean?
Our Middle East reporter Louisa Loveluck has been analysing the war of words.Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has ramped up tensions with Turkey this morning by describing the downing of the Su-24 as a “planned provocation” that will case Moscow to “seriously reassess” its relationship with Ankara.So far, the war of words has yielded few serious consequences for Turkey, mostly because Russia has too much to lose. The two countries are important trading partners and it would be damaging to shake those ties at a time when both economies are on the rocks.And despite being at odds over the future of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, cooperation between Russia and Turkey is vital if a political solution to the Syria’s civil war is to be reached.Before yesterday’s diplomatic clash, there had been rumours that Russia was willing to back a ceasefire, viewing it as an opportune time to pull much of its military force out of Syria. This may well now have changed.
Attack on Turkish Efes brewery in Russia
Russian news agency Interfax reports that an Efes brewery, owned by a Turkish company, was attacked last night in Ulyanovsk, Russia.
The unidentified attackers took the Turkish flag down and threw eggs at it Photo: Lifenews.ruThey removed the Turkish flag, pelting it with eggs, and raising a Russian flag there instead.They also tried to break down the door to the building, and failed, as well as writing insulting messages on the pavement outside to the Turkish president.