No war with Turkey over downing of Russian Su-24 – Russian Foreign Minister.
Not so long ago a statement issued by Russian Foreign Minister said that the downing of Russian Su-24 appeared to be a pre-planned act in order to provoke Russia to engage in war with Turkey, or in other words NATO. He further said that the countries would not go to war over this incident. This is the appropriate course of action considering how Russia is on the frontlines in the war against ISIL and western forces are primarily looking to alienate Russia and push them out of the region. Several interests may have guided this operation.
Addressing a press conference after speaking with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said,
We have serious doubts about this being an unpremeditated act, it really looks like a planned provocation. We do not plan to go to war with Turkey, our attitude toward the Turkish people has not changed
. He added that relationship with Ankara will however be reconsidered. Russia reacted strongly to the incident that involved one of Russia’s Su-24, tasked with anti-terrorist operations over Syria, being shot down by Turkish F-16s. Allegedly, the warplane violated Turkey’s airspace which Russia denies.
It yet unclear what course the relationship between Moscow and Ankara takes, but Russia has the upper hand in case it decides to cause harm to Turkey without engaging in War. Russia currently supplies 57% of Turkey’s gas, and if Russia decides to cut this supply, Turkey stands to suffer economically to epic proportions. While the possibility of a war has been ruled out, there is still the possibility of another such confrontation especially if this was a pre-planned event. Russia believes Turkey has been an ISIL supporter since the start, and is now beginning to associate Turkey with terrorism. Moreover, Russia is backing the proposal to close Turkish-Syrian border. It was also reported that the second pilot flying the shot-down Russia Su-24 has been rescued and is safe. The real danger now lies in the allegation that the attack was pre-planned. In that, if the allegation holds true, the powers behind the first attack may not cease provoking Russia anytime soon. While Russia may have taken the upper hand this once, the question is, how do they plan on tackling future such incidents.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.