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Russia/Turkey: shootdown

A shootdown over Syria had been widely predicted. Putin’s reaction characteristically angry, Erdoğan’s characteristically stubborn. Consequences should be limited because all concerned have an interest in working together. IS laughing.

IS becomes a world problem

Another international meeting on Syria on the day after the Paris attacks, galvanised by the Sinai bombing of the Russian airliner and by Paris into a more coherent programme towards a negotiated peace in Syria – one day.

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