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Russia will not wage war on Turkey after it downed Russian jet - foreign minister

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 21:00 GMT+7
Russia will not wage war on Turkey after it downed Russian jet - foreign minister
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks to reporters after a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Jordan's King Abdullah at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia November 24, 2015.

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday Russia did not intend to wage a war against Turkey after its air force shot down a Russian jet near the Turkish border with Syria.

"We do not intend to wage a war on Turkey. Our attitude to the Turkish people has not changed. We have questions over the action of Turkey's current leadership," Lavrov told a news conference.

Lavrov, who cancelled a trip to Istanbul scheduled for Wednesday, said Russia viewed the downing as a planned act and Moscow would "seriously reconsider" its relations with Ankara.

When asked if future talks were being prepared, Lavrov said there were no plans to send any officials to Turkey and that Moscow did not plan to host any Turkish visits.

A Turkish foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday Lavrov and his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu had agreed to meet in the coming days, a statement later denied by Moscow.

It was not immediately clear whether Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's planned visit to Moscow on Dec. 15 would be cancelled.

Reuters

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