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.
The two leaders may back rival factions but they were showering each other with praise in Ankara. They agreed to work closely to implement the Idlib de-escalation zone, after the region was heavily bombed.
Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO - much to the annoyance of Washington. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might need that new S-400 missile defense system at home.
NATO has said it is not expecting a major increase in Russian air activity during the country's Zapad military exercises. However, the alliance has accused Moscow of not "playing by the rules" on the ground.
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."
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