Russian Special Forces Hunting Turkmen Rebel Leader

Vladimir Putin

JERUSALEM—Russian special forces in Syria have reportedly stormed a Syrian town near the Turkish border in a hunt for the Turkmen rebel leader who claimed he and his men shot the pilot of a Russian bomber as he was parachuting to earth after his plane was shot down by Turkish warplanes in November.

FSB’s New Intimidation Tactic: Harassing Turkish Banks

Federal Security Service (FSB) in central Moscow / Wikimedia Commons

The FSB, Russia’s internal security service, this month launched a series of raids on Turkish banks based in Moscow, according to at least one Russian media outlet citing the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. The charges against the banks center on alleged money-laundering activities.

Turkey’s Erdogan Warns Russia Not to ‘Play with Fire’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan / Reuters

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.