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    Russia Prepares to Sever Economic Ties with Ankara

    The hatchet is far from buried. Moscow is still bristling over Turkey downing a Russian fighter this week. Not only is Putin deploying anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to strike anyone targeting Russia’s planes, he’s now considering cutting economic links between the nations, possibly including a multibillion-dollar gas pipeline deal. Putin maintains the U.S. was aware of the Russian plane’s flight path and labeled the incident an act of betrayal, and Erdogan refuses to apologize. The ongoing spat is bound to hinder plans for expanding the anti-ISIS coalition.

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