After Turkey became the first Nato member to shoot down a Russian plane in over half a century the only question now is how will Moscow respond…It all started when when a jet “strayed into Turkey’s airspace” but Russian President Vladimir Putin says the plane was flying over Syrian territory. No one is sure as to what happened to the body of the other pilot who parachuted from his burning plane and was killed by gunfire. So as of now tensions are extremely high between the two countries due to the incident, and Russia has broken off all military contact with Turkey.(Timeline of what took place) There was said to be 10 warnings given to the SU-24 about entering into Turkey’s airspace, however Moscow denies any sort of communication. Here is the thing though, Turkey said that the violation lasted just 17 seconds. President Putin commented by stating this was a stab in the back and warned of serious consequences. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has defended the action, saying “everyone must respect the right of Turkey to protect its borders”, but he stressed he did not want to escalate tensions further.Here is another map showing the route in which the plane took before it was shot down. Lt. Col Oleg Peshkov and Capt Konstantin Murahktin came under fire after they parachuted from their burning plane. Lt. Peshkov was killed and there have been numerous reports about the fate of Capt Murahktin. He was rescued by Russian and Syrian special forces in what was a 12 hour operation, and from there brought to a Russian base in Syria and said to be alive and well. Since the incident Russians have been advised not to visit Turkey – a popular tourist destination for Russians – and one of Russia’s largest tour operators. While they talk of not wanting to escalate tensions, Russia and Turkey had some interesting things to say to each other Tuesday.
“We have serious doubts about this being an unpremeditated act, it really looks like a planned provocation” – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Turkey’s downing of the jet.
“We should be honest here. Supporting someone who is practising state terror… if you confirm, if you approve violence or oppression you are (an) oppressor,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an apparent reference to Russia’s support for Syria’s President Assad.
“The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday. The problem is much deeper. We observe … that the current Turkish leadership over a significant number of years has been pursuing a deliberate policy of supporting the Islamisisation of their country,” Russian President Vladimir Putin on Turkey.
“No-one can legitimise attacks on Turkmen in Syria using the pretext of fighting the Islamic State,” Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu suggesting Russia is not being honest about its targets in Syria.Only time will tell what will happen, Russia has announced fighter jets will now escort bombers during air strikes over Syria, Moscow is sending out its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system, the S-400. Russia and Turkey have found themselves on opposing sides in Syria’s conflict. Please keep up with current events, they very well could effect you.
Isaac J. Hall II