Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian jet fighter along the Syrian border on Tuesday, sparking fury in Moscow that threatened to undercut growing efforts to create a new international coalition to confront expanding Islamic State terrorism.

The Turkish military strike, captured by dramatic video, marked the first time since 1952 that a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member has shot down a Russian plane.

As Russian helicopters searched for the two missing pilots, President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of a “stab in the back” and of aiding terrorists, the Defense Ministry suspended military contacts with Turkey, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov canceled a Wednesday meeting with Turkish officials and the government urged Russian tourists to stay away from Turkey, one of the most popular vacation destinations. […]