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Russia: Black Box Won't Restore Relations with Turkey

12-09-2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin asked his defense minister not to delay opening the black box recovered from the downed Russian jet to allow international experts to participate in examining its contents.

Russia denies Turkish claims it shot down the plane only after its crew ignored repeated warnings and entered its airspace.

Following the incident, the Russian president imposed economic and diplomatic sanctions on Turkey,

Putin said no matter what the black box reveals, he has no intention of restoring ties with its former ally.

"Whatever we learn won't change our attitude to what the Turkish authorities did," he said. "We used to treat Turkey not only as our friend, but also as an ally in the fight against terrorism, and nobody expected this low, treacherous stab in the back."

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