MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir V. Putin Thursday issued sharp threats to the Turkish leadership over the recent downing of a Russian warplane in Syria even as he called for a unified coalition with the West to fight terrorism in the Middle East.
“Only Allah knows why they did it,” Putin said about the downing in an hour-long address to Russian lawmakers and other public figures, Russia’s own state of the union address. “And I guess Allah decided to punish the ruling clique in Turkey by stripping it of its sanity.”
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