Turkey rejects Russian request for routine observation flight

February 4, 2016 9:52 AM

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ANKARA/MOSCOW Turkey has rejected a Russian request for a routine observation flight over its territory under a decade-old pact meant to enhance mutual confidence, a move Moscow said set "a dangerous precedent".

Russia and NATO member Turkey back opposing sides in Syria's civil war, with Moscow supporting President Bashar al-Assad, while Ankara supports rebel fighters battling to overthrow him.

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