Obama, Erdogan discuss downing of Russian aircraft, need to de-escalate

November 25, 2015 03:13

WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Tuesday about the need to de-escalate tensions with Russia after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border, the White House said.

Obama expressed "US and NATO support for Turkey's right to defend its sovereignty," the White House said in a statement."The leaders agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation and pursuing arrangements to ensure that such incidents do not happen again," the statement said.

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