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Vladimir Putin

Moscow: Russian plane crash complicates Syria talks

Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border has put a strain on the peace talks for Syria as well as fraying previously warm bilateral ties, Russia's foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Turkey shot down the jet last week, insisting it violated its airspace despite numerous warnings and has said it will not apologize for the incident that killed a Russian pilot and a Russian marine trying to retrieve the other pilot.

Russia has claimed that Turkey shot down its plane to protect what President Vladimir Putin has described as Turkish profiteering from the oil trade with the Islamic State group. Russia has imposed sanctions against Turkish products.