Neither our pilots nor our jet threatened the territory of Turkey. — Vladimir Putin
We do not intend to go to war with Turkey. — Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister
If Greece had downed every turkish aircraft for THAT level of airspace violation, today Turkey would only fly kites. — Maria Topalidou
Yesterday the world awoke to the alarming news, Turkey had shot down a Russian military jet. An act of crass stupidity and naked aggression by Turkey.
There was no response from the Russian plane, no missiles fired, no evasive action, which would appear to indicate the pilots assumed they were safe in Syrian territory.
The bombing of Syria by Russia, an act of crass stupidity and naked aggression. Large numbers of civilians killed, and not an iota difference made to ISIS.
Russia is bombing any opponent of Assad. Assad a brutal dictator who is quite happy to bomb his own people. It is the repression of Assad, marginalisation of Sunnis, that and drought, that has given rise to Isis in Syria.
It was obvious in September, Russia bombing Syria, possible excursions in Turkey, would increase tensions in the region.
The world moves closer to WWIII.
Vladimir Putin has promised strong action against Turkey, but has ruled out military action. It looks like, no Russian tourists to Turkey, which will cause the Turkish tourist economy to collapse.
Turkey, until a bomb attack in Turkey, was supporting Isis. They allow the flow of people, weapons, money and oil across the border. Action by Turkey is to attack the Kurds, the only effective force fighting ISIS.
But the Kurds are only interested in establishing and safeguarding Kurdistan, they are not interested in the rest of Syria.
What happened yesterday?
Turkey says they warned the pilots, that there was an excursion into their airspace. The surviving Russian pilot says there was no warning, and that they were not in Turkish airspace. Americans say Russian plane was in Turkish airspace for a matter of seconds.
The second pilot was shot by Syrian forces on the ground. This was a war crime.
A tiny sliver of Turkish land projects into Syria. This may explain the discrepancy, if it was crossed.
Russian bombers regularly probe UK airspace. They are intercepted and escorted away. They are not shot down.
Russian submarines enter Swedish waters. Swedish warships drop depth charges.
Had Russia retaliated against Turkey, it would have been an attack on Nato.
Russia has ruled out a military response, instead it will use economic sanctions. A boycott by Russian tourists. Not that will be difficult, as they lack money. Turkish tourist industry will collapse.
There is little support in Nato for Turkey’s action. David Cameron has been stupid enough to offer his support.
If we are to defeat Isis, we need the support of Russia.
Turkey regularly enters Greek airspace. Turkish warships appear off the coast of Cyprus.
Turkey says it is not an aggressor. Support of Isis, atrocities against the Kurds, occupation of northern Cyprus, exposes that lie.
In 2012, Turkey accused Syria of shooting down one of their F-4 Phantoms. At that time, then prime minister and now president Erdoğan jumped up and down and condemned the Syrian military for their rash action. Hmm.
“A short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack” were the words he chose at the time, words that will no doubt come back to haunt him.
Turkey is a country where abuse of human rights is the norm.
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