The Russian Ministry of Defense has broken off contact with the Turkish military over Turkey’s Nov. 24 downing of the Russian fighter jet, the ministry announced Nov. 26, Interfax reported. All existing channels of communication between the two sides have been shut down, the ministry said. On Nov. 27, Russia announced that it had also suspended its participation in joint Black Sea naval drills indefinitely. The Russian navy's envoy in charge of coordinating the actions of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet with the Turkish navy has reportedly been recalled. So long as Russia remains in a standoff with the United States and the West at large — a situation that will not abate anytime soon — Russia will need to play it carefully with Turkey.