Putin orders military to 'act tough' against threats in Syria

President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered his forces in Syria to take tough action against any threats, speaking two weeks after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in the war-torn country. Last month, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border, claiming it violated Turkish airspace. After the downing of the jet, which led to the deaths of a pilot and another serviceman who attempted to rescue him, Russia introduced economic sanctions against Turkey and beefed up its firepower at its airbase in Syria.

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