Reflections

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.
(VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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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