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Escalation of Syrian crisis feared

November 26th, 2015

Commenting on the downing of the Russian jet, columnists on Left and Right think that after the incident, it is unlikely that Russia will work with NATO to jointly restore peace in Syria.

Russia and Turkey have been in conflict for centuries, but the shooting down of the Russian fighter jet will create further friction between the two countries, Népszabadság comments in a front page editorial. After the incident, the prospects of a UN resolution on mandating the deployment of international ground forces to Syria has become unlikely, the left-wing daily contends. In the absence of a consensus among great powers, the Syrian war and chaos will be prolonged and the flow of migrants to Europe will resume, Népszabadság suggests.

In Magyar Idők, Levente Sitkei fears that with the Russian jet, the chance of a negotiated peace in Syria was also brought down. Although an fully fledged armed conflict between Russia and NATO is unlikely, there is now little hope of willingness from Russia to join the West to restore peace in Syria together, Sitkei thinks.

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