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Putin warns Turkey after shooting of warplane






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Russia's Vladimir Putin has warned Turkey it would pay for shooting down one of its warplanes on Tuesday. Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets shot down a Russian Su-24. Turkey said the Russian jet was flying over Turkish airspace. Moscow said its plane was over Syrian airspace. Turkey warned Russia several times before about Russian planes flying over its territory. Turkey said its fighter pilots warned the Russian pilots before they fired missiles at them. The Russian pilot who survived said he received no warnings and that he was not flying over Turkey. Russia said Turkey planned the shooting.

Mr Putin has advised Russians not to go to Turkey. He said Russia would cut many economic ties with Turkey. Major Russian holiday firms have removed tours to Turkey. Around 4.4 million Russians holiday in Turkey each year. Several joint projects between the two countries would also be stopped. In addition, Turkish companies trading with Russia will face more difficult trading conditions. Turkey imports most of its energy from Russia, including 60 per cent of its gas and 35 per cent of its oil. Russia also plans to build Turkey's first nuclear power station.

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