A week after the Russian jet incident, the international press along with government officials are still chattering about the possible repercussions of Russia's possible future moves. But since then the U.S. view has become clearer. Although Washington stood in solidarity with its NATO ally Turkey and acknowledged Turkey's right to self-defense, it disfavours Turkey's decision to act on this right.American policy makers considered the jet's downing an unnecessary incident that took American focus away from combating DAESH, while the struggle against the militant group was gaining a new momentum following the Paris attacks. Just before the downing of the Russian jet, French President François Hollande acknowledged his intent to work with Putin to undertake joint operations in Syria. Even American pundits with close connections to the White House were speaking about the inclusion of Russia in the U.S.-led anti-DAESH military coalition. The new Syria talks in Vienna were very promising as Russia decided to comply with a new road map to bring the Syrian crisis to an end. But hopes for greater cooperation went down in a fireball near the Turkish border.
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