This move by Russian Vladimir Putin could be huge!
According to the Associated Press:
In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia says it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.
The incident, the first time in half a century a NATO member shot down a Russian plane, may put Moscow and the alliance on the verge of a direct conflict. If Russia shoots down a Turkish plane, Turkey, a NATO member, could proclaim itself under attack and ask the alliance for military assistance.
The situation is even more alarming as Russian and Turkish presidents are strong leaders reluctant to back down and seek a compromise.
Russia should declare Syrian skies off-limits to Turkey and should they stray into it show them the same respect and blow their planes back to Ankara. This was a provocation. What did Erdogan expect? Putin to cower before him of all people?
Putin does not back down against NATO, there are limits to what any country can take regarding such unfriendly provocations. You do not shoot down a Russian jet without that decision already having been made at a high political level.
The only question is was Turkey pursuing its own agenda relying on its NATO shield or was the Pentagon involved in this to test Putin’s resolve and edge them into joining the coalition which has been pitiful in its effectiveness. To be frank the west should join Russia and follow its lead, it should attack all terrorists, but instead it wants to distinguish nice terrorist from bad one.
Most people I think prefer Putin’s approach one that is hard and destructive of their oil and their infrastructure.
h/t – Associated Press