ISTANBUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia on Friday not to “play with fire”, citing reports Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia, while Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey.
Russia is preparing to begin waging electronic warfare in Syria with the institution of jamming systems that are meant to prevent an incident similar to the attack on Tuesday that brought down a Russian plane in the war-torn region, according to reports by the Russian news media.
A man, who in 2013 was known as the face of a movement to call the U.S. government’s no-fly list discriminatory against Muslims, was arrested earlier this month along with family members in Turkey by the Syrian border for being part of an Islamic State cell, according to an article from PJ Media.
Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane did not involve the United States, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Tuesday, indicating that the Pentagon has yet to take a side on the issue.
The United States does not believe Moscow when it excuses a Russian warplane entering Turkey’s airspace as an accident, according to an anonymous U.S. official.
Kurdish militants and nationalist mobs in Turkey have traded increasingly violent attacks in recent days, threatening the stability of a country that the United States hopes to partner with against the Islamic State terrorist group.
A court in the southeast region of Turkey has arrested two British journalists working for U.S.-based Vice News and their translator on charges of terror and aiding the Islamic State.
Syrian rebels are claiming that Turkey tipped off members of the al Qaeda affiliate that kidnapped at least five U.S-backed Syrian opposition fighters late last month when they entered Syria after completing a Pentagon training program.
Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima was filmed giving a salute synonymous with a Turkish terrorist group responsible for hundreds of political assassinations over the last 40 years.