Russian media outlets have sank to a new low on Wednesday in their perception management against Turkey amid downing of a Russian jet by the Turkish Air Force, as they attempt to portray President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son, Bilal Erdoğan, as a Daesh affiliate due to a photo of him with the owners of an Istanbul restaurant, famous for its liver dishes.
The photo, showing the owners who have beards [as many Muslims do], was circulated on social media in Turkey, but had turned into a parody topic, as the owners had nothing to do with the Daesh terrorist group.
Bilal Erdoğan had also refuted the claims saying the owners of the restaurant, named Ciğeristan, wanted to take a photo with him, as they take photos with famous clients, and they just happened to be men with beards.
Russia Today, known for close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, posted the photo on a news piece published on Nov. 25, which they titled "Ankara's oil business with ISIS [Daesh]."
President Erdoğan made remarks Friday on comments made by Russian President Validimir Putin on Thursday after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Moscow accusing Turkey of buying oil from Daesh.
"Turkey is 'not so dishonorable' as to buy oil from terrorist organization," Erdoğan said accusing Putin of not telling the truth.
Slamming Putin's comments, "Turkey does not buy oil from Daesh. The U.S. Treasury documented that Russia and Daesh sell oil to the Syrian regime," Erdoğan said.
On November 24, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on an aerial patrol intercepted a Russian warplane within the rules of engagement when it violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.
The Russian warplane received 10 warnings about its violation within five minutes before it was shot down.
This was not the first time Russian warplanes had violated Turkish airspace. In October, Russian warplanes violated Turkish airspace after which Russian officials had apologized and pledged that such incidents would not reoccur in the future.