Kerry to talk with Putin to reduce tension with Turkey

White House announces US Secretary of State John Kerry will press Russian President Putin on Turkey de-escalation after Russian jet shot down by Turkish air forces

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

John Kerry and Vladimir Putin.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kremlin Palace on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing crisis between Moscow and Ankara after a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was shot down by Turkish F-16s for violating Turkish airspace.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated at a news briefing, "We haven't seen any tangible escalation at this point" and added "so that's, you know, a glimmer of optimism in that situation."

Turkey and Russia have been in political disagreement with one another over the Syrian conflict which escalated after the Russian jet was shot down.

The incident has also caused a political crisis between the countries, which have strong economic ties, and has led Turkish and Russian leaders to issue warnings to one another.

Meanwhile, Russia has increased its military measures by sending its warships and deploying its S-400 air defense missile systems to its air base in Latakia to eliminate potential threats to its fighter jets.

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