REUTERS/Turkish Interior Ministry/Handout via Reuters - A radar picture shows activities of the downed Russian warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border, November 24, 2015 in this handout photo provided by Turkish Interior Ministry Undersecretariat of Public Order and Security.

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Clash of the Titans brings down a Russian jet

November 24, 2015, Fiona Hill and Kemal Kirişci

Turkey's downing of a Russian jet on the Syrian border on Tuesday has sparked a debate over whether this incident could lead to a full-fledged military confrontation between the two countries. During the Cold War, Turkey and Russia faced off across the frontline of the NATO-Soviet Bloc border, and today they find themselves once again on different sides of the frontlines in Syria, where both want to be players to be reckoned with.

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