Russian warplane shot down by Turkish military – “a very significant escalation” – NATO monitoring

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November 2015 TURKEY One of the world’s most volatile regions was roiled further Tuesday when a Russian warplane was shot down near the Turkish-Syria border. Turkey said it shot down a plane after the aircraft repeatedly violated its airspace and ignored several warnings. Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu news agency quoted Turkish presidential sources in reporting that the Russian SU-24 was “hit within the framework of engagement rules” in Syria’s Bayirbucak area, near the border with Turkey. But Russia’s state-run Sputnik news agency said that, “According to preliminary reports, the plane was gunned down from the ground.” Russian officials denied that the plane had violated Turkish airspace. Both pilots ejected from the plane, but their fate is unknown, Sputnik said.
But Turkey released a purported image of the flight path of the Russian plane showing that it had violated Tukrish airspace. “The SU-24 bomber jet was in Syrian airspace at the altitude 6,000 meters, the Russian Defense Ministry said,” according to Sputnik. “The pilots were reportedly able to parachute out of the jet before it crashed.” Syria has been embroiled for four and a half years in a brutal civil war that has killed hundreds thousands of people, sent millions fleeing, and laid waste to entire cities. Turkey vehemently opposes the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russia is propping up the Assad regime. Skirmishes between Turks and Syrians have taken place in the past, with Turkish officials accusing Syrian planes of violating Turkish air space.
“The moment of the plane falling into Bayirbucak region across from Hatay’s Yayladagi was captured on camera,” the Anadolu Agency reported. “The pilot’s evacuation via parachute was also captured. Heavy smoke has been seen in the area where the plane fell.” This kind of incident might ultimately have been inevitable, given the number of countries involved either directly or indirectly in the Syrian war. Currently, the United States, Russia, France, the Gulf States, Turkey and Israel are involved in one way or another in military activity in Syria. Sajjan Gohel, international security director for the Asia-Pacific Foundation, a think tank, described the downing of the plane as “a very significant escalation.”
“It’s very much the last thing that’s needed right now, especially in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, when there was hope that Russia could form an alliance with France and with the United States against ISIS,” Gohel said. “This is going to complicate things. This is going to add unnecessary tensions that really weren’t required at this critical juncture.” He said the downing of the Russian plane would hamper efforts to form a united front against the terrorist group ISIS. “This is a situation that unfortunately was almost inevitable at some point, because Turkey has long been accusing Russia of interfering in their airspace,” Gohel said. “They’ve threatened them in the past. And even though economic relations between the two countries are strong — politically, there have been tensions recently.”

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Turkey is a member of the NATO military alliance, which views an attack on one member as an attack on all. A NATO officials told CNN on Tuesday that the alliance was monitoring the events closely. “We are in contact with Turkish authorities and will have to wait to see how it develops,” the official said. The official would not comment on suggestions the NATO council — which is in a scheduled session today to discuss other matters – would also discuss today’s incident, but did say: “when Russian jets violated Turkish airspace a few weeks the council did meet in an extraordinary session, which resulted in a condemnation of the incursion.”
The official would not comment on whether the Alliance was in contact with Russian authorities over the incident. Syria’s internal conflict has become a massive proxy war for numerous international powers, both in the region and outside it — a situation that has added to the perception that incidents such as Tuesday were inevitable. Currently, the US, Russia, France, the Gulf States, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Jordan and the Hezbollah are involved in one way or another in military activity in Syria. “Russia has a slight get-out-of-jail-for-free card, in that it hasn’t lost any actual lives here, but it is insisting that its plane didn’t crossed into Turkish airspace,” said CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh. “They have tried in the past to have meetings in Ankara and Istanbul between Turkish and Russian officials to make sure misunderstandings didn’t happen, and it’s clearly failed.,” Walsh said.
This incident has the potential to be extraordinarily damaging, but Russia is unlikely to want to start a major conflict with Turkey, a NATO member, over an incident like this that could technically be blamed on this jet straying according to the Turkish into the wrong territory, Walsh said. –CNN
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3 Responses to Russian warplane shot down by Turkish military – “a very significant escalation” – NATO monitoring

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Russia respects strength. Perhaps just testing the limits on how far they could go.
    However, rather strange. Many Biblical teachers believe that Turkey marches with Russia on Israel in the series of latter day wars in that region.

    Perhaps, Russia responds and Nato doesn’t back Turkey and it leaves the fold and joins a Russian/ Muslim confederation?
    Just a thought.

    • Utopia: the Collapse says:

      Russia is in Syria fighting ISIS and the Syrian opposition. Turkey is fighting ISIS and the Kurds. Hezbollah and Iranian soldiers are fighting Syrian Rebels. Kurds are fighting Turkish troops and Iraqi soldiers. ISIS is fighting the allies. U.S. Special Forces soldiers and jets are fighting Syrian soldiers and ISIS. British SAS are fighting Syrian soldiers and ISIS rebels. Israeli troops are battling Hezbollah. Australian jets are bombing ISIS targets. French jets are bombing ISIS targets. Canadian jets are bombing ISIS targets. Saudi and Jordanian forces are helping the allies.

      Multiple nations + warring factions = World War

      I don’t know what equation makes up a World War…but I’d venture to say this one comes pretty close.

      • Dennis E. says:

        Yes and I ponder prior to responding that with all the counties bombing we would think that ISIS would have been reduced to a “Jay vee” organization. But they seem to be like a Timex watch, they take a licking and keep on ticking.

        Some one is deceiving us.

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