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  • Erdo─čan and Putin may meet in Paris, but not yet scheduled: Turkish presidency
    A meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the global climate summit in Paris on Nov. 30 is possible, but not scheduled yet, according to Turkish presidential sources
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:45:00 +0200.
  • Turkey seeks to calm Russia plane row
    The Turkish prime minister vows to "work with Russia and our allies to calm tensions" after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.
    BBC News.  Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:20:30 GMT.
  • Ten Members Say Nord Stream Extension Not In EU Interests
    Ten European governments -- the easternmost members of the European Union -- have complained in a letter that Russia's plans to extend its natural-gas link to Germany run counter to EU interests and risk further destabilizing Ukraine.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:43:27 +0000.
  • Russia-Turkey tension: How Putin acts in a crisis
    Furious at Turkey - but he doesn't always lash out.
    BBC News.  Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:08:50 GMT.
  • Turkish downing of Russian jet offers boost to Assad
    Turkey's downing of a Russian jet has played into the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by bringing Moscow on board with his bitter opposition to Ankara, experts say. ...
    Yahoo.  Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:14:01 -0500.
  • Putin Pledges Cooperation With France In Fight Against IS
    French President Francois Hollande has obtained Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledge of cooperation in fighting Islamic State militants. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:11:00 -0500.
  • Russian bear bares fangs at Turkey
    The one concrete measure that is likely to have an effect is the announcement that tour agencies are now banned from selling holidays to Turkey.
    Mail & Guardian.  Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0200.
  • Putin, Hollande agree to work more closely in fight against terrorism in Syria
    Russian and French presidents on Thursday agreed to step up cooperation in fight against terrorism, while promising that the incident like the recent downing of Russian fighter jet near the Turkey-Syria border should never happen again.
    Xinhua.  2015-11-27.
  • Kremlin Cutting Economic Links With the Turks
    Russia was looking at ways to curb commercial ties and investment projects, possibly including the deal to build a gas pipeline through Turkey.
    Neil Macfarquhar.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:40:55 GMT.
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  • Russia and Ukraine in a Standoff Over Crimea Power Outage
    As Crimean Tatar activists and Ukrainian nationalists prevented repair crews from getting to downed electricity pylons, Kiev closed its airspace to Russian planes and Moscow cut off gas supplies to Ukraine.
    Alisa Sopova and Neil Macfarquhar.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:40:28 GMT.
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