Russian foreign minister cancels trip to Turkey

Ankara and Moscow remain divided over whether or not a Russian warplane crossed into Turkish airspace.

A screengrab shows a Russian-made SU-24 fighter jet after being shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border.

TEL AVIV - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has canceled his visit to Istanbul that was scheduled for later today after a Russian SU-24 jet was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter.

The minister also said that the growing terror threat in Turkey is not lower than in Egypt.

Ankara and Moscow remain divided over whether or not a Russian warplane crossed into Turkish airspace prompting Turkey to shoot it down.

Several hundred people have staged a rally in front of the Turkish embassy in Moscow as Russians join their president in condemning the downing of a Russian jet by Turkish forces.

Protestors held placards saying "forget about Russian tourists," and "Turkey is an Isis ally".

Turkey has released a radar picture appearing to show that the Russian jet briefly flew over southern Turkey before it was shot down

While Russia has countered this with radar of its own showing that it was the Turkish fighter jet that actually entered Syrian airspace as it attacked the Russian bomber

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the incident is, quote, " a stab in the back by terrorist accomplices".

He warns there will be severe consequences for relations between the countries.

Turkey gets 60 percent of its gas from Russia which begs the question whether or not Putin will decide to close the taps, something he hasn't afraid to do in the past in Ukraine.


World leaders have urged Russia and Turkey not to allow the strained relationship to escalate following the downing of a Russian plane in Turkey and have called for leaders in each country not to stray from the fight against terrorism.

On a day where relations between Russia and Turkey have reached severing point, US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Fran├žois Hollande say there is a far greater crisis at hand.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described today's downing of the plane as "a stab in the back" but Turkey is adamant that it only shot down the aircraft after Russia ignored several warnings that it had violated Turkish air space.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he hopes the incident will not hamper the talks over Syria, while the European Union has also called for the countries to remain cool and calm headed.

Obama says there is a very clear way to deal with the crisis in Syria which will require Russia to withdraw its support for the current Syrian regime.

"President Hollande and I agreed that the best way to bring peace to Syria is through the principles reaffirmed in Vienna, which require active Russian support for a cease fire and a political transition to a democratically elected government that can unite."

Hollande says their only purpose should be to fight terrorism.

"We must prevent an escalation that would be extremely damaging. The only purpose is to fight against terrorism and this is what we must do."

Additional reporting by Reuters.