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Careful Talk Marks Obama’s Language on Russian Plane Shootdown

The State Department said Monday that the Russian jet shot downed by Turkey last week had violated Ankara’s airspace, giving a potential boost to Washington’s NATO ally in its intensifying squabble with Moscow. The administration pointedly didn’t say, however, that Ankara was justified in shooting down the Russian Su-24 -- a careful bit of diplomatic jujitsu designed to avoid angering either Russia or Turkey and potentially making a bad situation worse.




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