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Why Russia's Syria plan includes buzzing Turkey

One success of Russian foreign policy in recent years has been a remarkable improvement in relations with Turkey, historically a regional rival with which it fought multiple wars. So why Russia would put those gains at risk to start flying combat aircraft into Turkish airspace takes a bit of explaining. It was only on Sept. 23, just days before Russia launched its air campaign in Syria, that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Moscow to open a new mosque with his friend Vladimir Putin. Erdogan lauded the way trade between the two countries had risen to $31 billion last year -- in 2002, the year Erdogan's Justice and Development Party won power, that figure was $5 billion. The...