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Obama: Turkey And Russia Need To Avoid Escalation After Shootdown

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"Hopefully this is a moment where all parties can step back and make a determination as to how their interests are best served," Obama said, noting that Russia must remember it lost several hundred citizens when ISIL bombed a passenger plane.

Obama said that the incident was a clear example of how Russia's allegiance to the Assad regime in Syria is interfering with the broader coalition's attempts to take down ISIL.

"The sooner we agree to this political process, the less likely you have the kind of events that took place, apparently today," Obama said.