In a recent statement concerning Turkey’s downing of the Russian jet, President Vladimir Putin cast blame to America, since Turkey is in Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition. He reiterated that Ankara downed the Russian jet as per discovery of intelligence that the country is buying oil from the ISIS.
In order to protect his men in Syria, Mr. Putin has deployed Russia’s super weapon, the AA missile complex S-400. He also dismissed military contacts with Turkey regarding airspace in Syria and instructed men to obliterate all potential threat without warning.
Turkey’s downing of the Russian jet upped the ante of the looming World War 3. Allies are rallying against and for each other. Turkey is a NATO member, along with U.S. and 28 countries. NATO and Russia are longtime foes since the Cold War era. The Alliance has Article 5, which states that an attack on an ally is an attack to all. Russia’s allies include Brunei, China and Iran.
On Thursday, Mr. Putin said Russia has given information to the U.S. regarding the flight path of the Russian jet attacked by Turkey on the Syrian border. “The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our plane’s flight, and we were hit exactly there and at that time,” Mr. Putin told press.
He also slammed Turkey for its claim that it would not have shot down the aircraft had it known it was Russian. “The planes have identification signs and these are well visible. Instead of ensuring this ever happens again, we are hearing unintelligible explanations and statements that there is nothing to apologize about,” the president said.
He upheld that the aircraft was down because Russia found that Turkey was buying oil from the ISIS. “They are going to Turkey day and night. These barrels are not carrying oil but also the blood of our citizens because with this money terrorists buy weapons and ammunition and then organized bloody attacks,” Mr. Putin said.
Mr. Putin showed no leniency in as far as his decision regarding Syria. He vowed that Russia will not lose men again. He ordered for the Russian Armed Forces to send the country’s super weapon, the AA missile complex S-400.
The announcement of the S-400 deployment also came with criticism against U.S. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said the reaction of the American party in the wake of the incident is surprising. Officials in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow were quoted as saying that “the deployment of these systems will further complicate the already difficult situation in the skies over Syria.”
The Defense Ministry also revealed that the Russian military attaché in Turkey had asked the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces to have a copy of audio recording it claimed to prove that a warning was made before the attack. However, Turkey has informed Russia that there was no possibility to hand over materials concerning the attack and denied that it provided audio recording to the media.
Russia now remains adamant that the said recording “constitute a habitual fake,” as Turkey kept referring to unspecified sources or other radio enthusiasts. As previously decided by Mr. Putin, the Ministry of Defense upheld that all active channels of cooperation between Russia and Turkish-armed forces have been closed. The “hotline” arranged for prevention of incidents in the air during airstrikes against the ISIS is now closed.