Russia has accused Turkey of a 'planned provocation' over the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia does not plan to go to war with Turkey, but would re-evaluate ties between the two countries.
Russian military planes have been flying too close for comfort in Baltic and Nordic airspace. Experts warn that the tension in the skies could lead to dangerous accidents or kick off an "escalation spiral."
Russia has threatened to shoot down any coalition jets flying west of the Euphrates after the US shot down a Syrian warplane. Meanwhile Iran has launched a ballistic missile attack in support of Syria.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are meeting for the second time in as many months. They may have eased tensions after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet, but their relationship has still not fully recovered.
Russia's military is preparing to hold its biggest war games in several years, dubbed Zapad-2017. NATO's eastern members are alarmed by these plans, and claim similar drills preceded clashes in Georgia and Crimea.
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