WW3 Alarm Over Turkey: Obama & Hollande Hint On Blaming Putin
U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande have downplayed World War 3 fears sparked by Turkey. The two leaders, however, hinted that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be blamed as to why the Russian jet was downed.Advertisement
The situation made by Turkey is very complicated. As previously reported by Morning News USA, Mr. Putin has deployed missile cruisers in Syria, dismissing military communications with Ankara and instructing men to destroy potential threat without warning – all in response to Turkey shooting down a Russian fighter jet in the Syrian border. Morning News USA also reported that NATO may invoke Article 5 soon. Turkey is a strong NATO ally. NATO has 28 member countries, including U.S. Also, Turkey is in Syria as part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the ISIS. Russia has sided with China, Brunei and Iran.
The downing of the Russian jet by Turkey took place at a vulnerable time when the relationship between NATO and Russia has become at its worse since the Cold War. It also happened at a time when there is so much friction between U.S. and Russia.
In a joint press conference held by Mr. Obama and Mr. Hollande, the U.S. president said he is still waiting for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official correspondence about the incident. U.S. intelligence has also been instructed to track the border area that is significant to the claims of both parties.
Nevertheless, Mr. Obama said Turkey has a right to defend its territory and airspace. He concluded that the incident resulted from an ongoing problem with Russian operations in a sense that they are being conducted close to the Turkish border. The president also emphasized the fact that Russian airstrikes were also targeting a moderate opposition in Syria supported by not only Turkey but a wide range of countries. As previously reported by Morning News USA, the situation in Syria is one that could be described as a proxy WW3.
“If Russia is directing its energies towards [ISIS], some of those conflicts, or potentials for mistakes or escalation, are less likely to occur,” Mr. Obama told press. “I had a conversation with President Putin in Turkey, and I indicated to him at the time that to the extent that they make that strategic shift – to try to bring all the parties together; try to execute a political transition that all parties would agree to; and refocus attention on going after [ISIS].,” the president further said.
Mr. Hollande, on the other hand, described the incident as a serious one. “We can only regret it,” he said. The French president, however, stressed the importance of preventing an escalation “that would be extremely damageable.” Hollande reiterated that all concerned parties should focus on one purpose, to fight against terrorism and the ISIS. “This is what we must do, all of us – we, Turkey and Russia,” Mr Hollande said.
Mr. Obama agreed on this, vouching that his top priority is to ensure that the situation does not escalate further. “Hopefully, this is a moment in which all parties can step back and make a determination as to how their interests are best served,” he said.