The latest twist in Turkish efforts to wriggle out of the Russian jet disaster:

   "Pro-government columnist Cem Küçük recently said he believes Gülen's followers in the THK (Turkish Air Forces) downed the Russian jet. "Some of the F-16 pilots are pro-Fethullah (Gülen) figures; this is included in official records. Airspace violations took place 50-60 times. If you ask me, this is the work of pro-Fethullah figures," he said, adding the move was aimed at putting Ankara in a difficult position.

   Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu called on the government and its supporters not to insult people's intelligence."

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