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Third day of protest outside Turkish embassy in Moscow over downed Russian jet

November 26, 2015, 14:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Hundreds of posters say: "Turkey will answer for the stab in the back", "Punishment inevitable"," "We don’t need the Turkish coast", "Hands off Syria" and "Turkey, you will be left without gas"
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© Alexandr Sherbak/TASS
© Alexandr Sherbak/TASS
© Alexandr Sherbak/TASS
© Alexandr Sherbak/TASS
© Alexandr Sherbak/TASS

MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Russian protesters continued to mass outside the Turkish embassy in Moscow for a third day, demonstrating against military policy that brought the downing of the Russian Su-24 warplane over Syria. Several dozen people gathered near the embassy on Thursday, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. Protesters are holding black-coloured posters declaring "a black mark."

Black paper planes were flown symbolically in the direction of the embassy. Picket participants said they gathered to have their say over the incident. Police have blocked the lane where the embassy is located in western Moscow and installed metal frames. Police units have been deployed to the building.

Hundreds of posters say: "Turkey will answer for the stab in the back", "Punishment inevitable"," "We don’t need the Turkish coast", "Hands off Syria" and "Turkey, you will be left without gas."

Embassy staff have been occupied removing pieces of glass, eggshell, tomatoes and stones left from protests on Wednesday.

Action outside the embassy follows events on Tuesday when a Turkish F-16 fighter jet brought down the Russian Sukhoi bomber, which, Turkish capital Ankara alleges, violated the country’s airspace near the Syrian border. Russia's Defence Ministry said the warplane was flying over Syrian territory and never violated Turkey’s airspace.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the Russian bomber would have "serious consequences" for Russian-Turkish relations. Action by the Turkish air force against the military jet, taking part in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and posing no threat to Turkey, was "a stab in Russia’s back", Putin said.

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