Turkey Adopts a Defiant Stance Toward Russia

May 11, 2016 | 00:20 GMT
An image of the flight recorder from a Russian Su-24 shot down by Turkey looms on a video screen behind a Russian military official. The chill in relations between Turkey and Russia over the incident is not going to be thawed anytime soon.

Turkey announced today that the man accused of killing Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov, whose Su-24 was shot down in November by Turkish air defenses, has been freed. The shooting down of the jet and the death of the pilot put a freeze on relations between Turkey and Russia that has yet to thaw. Turkish-Russian hostilities are more complicated than the downing of a plane, or the shooting of a pilot, yet the decision to release accused shooter Alparslan Celik clearly signals that relations between Turkey and Russia will remain sour....

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