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Australia: Pro-Russia protest held in front of Turkish consulate in Sydney02:14

Australia: Pro-Russia protest held in front of Turkish consulate in Sydney

Australia, Sydney
November 29, 2015 at 15:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of people gathered on Sunday in front of the Turkish consulate in Sydney to express support to the Russian government following the Turkish downing of the Russian Sukhoi-24 jet on November 24. Representatives of Russian, Syrian, Lebanese, Indian, Serbian, Greek, Armenian and Palestinian communities were among those present at the protest.

The protesters held banners reading "Turkey+NATO=ISIS" and "Stop demonizing Russia" as well as chanting slogans in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moreover, the protesters called on the Turkish government to apologise for the attack against the Russian Su-24.

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have grown following the downing of one of the Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets involved in Syrian operations, near Latakia, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, on Tuesday. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace. Russia's Air Force has released data which contests that the Russian aircraft ever entered Turkish territory. The Russian Foreign Ministry have claimed that the downing of the Sukhoi fighter was a "planned provocation."

Australia: Pro-Russia protest held in front of Turkish consulate in Sydney02:14
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Dozens of people gathered on Sunday in front of the Turkish consulate in Sydney to express support to the Russian government following the Turkish downing of the Russian Sukhoi-24 jet on November 24. Representatives of Russian, Syrian, Lebanese, Indian, Serbian, Greek, Armenian and Palestinian communities were among those present at the protest.

The protesters held banners reading "Turkey+NATO=ISIS" and "Stop demonizing Russia" as well as chanting slogans in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moreover, the protesters called on the Turkish government to apologise for the attack against the Russian Su-24.

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have grown following the downing of one of the Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets involved in Syrian operations, near Latakia, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, on Tuesday. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace. Russia's Air Force has released data which contests that the Russian aircraft ever entered Turkish territory. The Russian Foreign Ministry have claimed that the downing of the Sukhoi fighter was a "planned provocation."