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originally posted by: oddnutz
So if Turkey play nice and stay on their side of the border and leave Russian aircraft alone then all will be fine?
If Turkey make incursions into Syrian airspace they will been seen as hostile and be attacked by Russia or if Turkish aircraft move to intercept russian aircraft they will be seen as hostile and attacked by Russia?
So Turkey has the choice to back right down or engage in hostilities with Russia leaving Nato to decide whether they start WW3 or abandon Turkey?
A year later, further evidence of support for ISIS emerged when an ISIS jihadist indicated that the Turkish government had delivered stocks of weapons and military hardware to the group's fighters in Syria. Mehmet Askar, now being tried in a high criminal court in Turkey along with eleven other suspected ISIS fighters, revealed that a 2011 plan to transfer arms to ISIS and to an-Nusra Front, as well as to the more moderate Free Syrian Army, was hampered by the Syrian army's capture of a key border town. Askar's accomplice, Haisam Toubalijeh, who was involved in a weapons transfer thwarted in 2013 by Turkish forces, reassured him that contacts inside the Turkish state would help facilitate the movement of the cache, which included some one hundred NATO rifles. The secret was out.
I don't think they actually violate your borders though do they? They fly into your area's of interest to probe your reaction times just like they do with ours (UK) - I know this is such a tiny difference in that part of the world, I mean they are talking down to a few hundred meters realistically and in a jet aeroplane! But the UK would have to shoot them down if they continued on into our actual airspace.
originally posted by: 0bserver1
The Russian violated our airspace many times and we the Danish and the UK escort them politely out of our airspace. If we shot down every Russian bomber any time Russia was invading our airspace we would have had WWIII just behind us right now.
But to actually shoot down like Turkey did is just foolish..
originally posted by: Gothmog
This incident will pass into history as well. No WW3 over this one. I know , pity isnt it ? To let this fade from memory with no escalations on either side. It has happened before and may well happen again. Gonna take more than this to start the "Big Un"
originally posted by: FlyingFox
Remind me, who bombed the peace protest in Turkey just a month ago...Turkish govt goons?
In a deeply worrying turn of events on Tuesday, Turkish tour operators were biting their nails after Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet provoked Moscow to urge citizens to avoid Turkey trips, potentially meaning a major blow to the country's nearly $4 billion in revenue from Russian visitors per year.
For many years, millions of Russian tourists have been the primary source of tourism revenue for Turkey. In 2014 alone, 4.48 million Russian tourists visited Turkey, bringing in revenue of nearly $4 billion, official figures showed. Turkey hosts some 40 million tourists who generate $34.3 billion in revenue every year.
Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its airspace. Hours after the event, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday advised Russians not to visit Turkey, adding that the threat of terrorism there was no less than in Egypt, where a bomb attack brought down a Russian passenger plane last month.