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Russian foreign minister cancels visit to Turkey after warplane shot down

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 11:16 AM
This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey today.

BEIRUT (AP):

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has cancelled a planned trip to Turkey in the wake of the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey.

The meeting between Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart had been scheduled for tomorrow.

Lavrov was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying that President Vladimir Putin "directly said that (the downing) cannot but affect Russian-Turkish relations. In this regard, it decided to cancel the meeting, which was planned for tomorrow."