Turkey and Russia war of words hits a new low
Nov 28, Istanbul: Turkey has warned Russia not to play with fire as the war of words between the two Cold War rivals escalates since the downing of a Russian jet by the former at the Syrian border.
Amist the latest reports of Russia detaining Turkish businessmen, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "It is playing with fire to go as far as mistreating our citizens who have gone to Russia the president told supports in his speech in Bayburt adding Turkey doesn't want the relations with Russia to go sour.
"We really attach a lot of importance to our relations with Russia. We don't want these relations to suffer harm in any way.
Earlier, Russia had said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey, and its tourism agency head announced on Friday announced of calling back the 9000 Russians currently residing in Turkey.
Turkey had gunned-down a Russian fighter jet few days ago near Syrian border and later released an audio vocie recording claiming it to be the warning issued to the pilots. The incident killed one pilot while the other survivor dispute the Turkish claims.
The Oslo Times