By downing the Russian jet it claimed to have invaded its airspace in Syria, Turkey got what it wanted and appears to hide in the power that is the Alliance. What’s worse is that NATO might be turning a blind eye, convinced of Turkey’s side of story, Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, said.
The statement made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did not present a single hint of condemnation of the attack on Russia’s aircraft, Grushko said in remarks made after the Alliance invoked Article 4 in the wakes of the incident. He upheld that the downed jet did not pose and could not pose any threat to the security of Turkey and was in the airspace of Syria.
“There were no words of consolation or regret about casualties among the Russian crew who were performing their duties in the fight against terrorism. However, there are references to the implications of the military actions of the Russian Air Forces,” Grushko noted.
In his speech after the meeting which called on all NATO founding member to discuss Turkey’s attack of the Russian aircraft, Stoltenberg reiterated his concerns about the implications of the military actions of the Russian Federation close to NATO’s border. For this reason, “we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO ally, Turkey,” the Secretary General said in his speech.
Referencing to this statement, Grushko noted that Turkey got what it wanted. “Under the pretext of the so-called Allied solidarity Turkey forced NATO to justify its illegal actions which undermine joint efforts in the fight against [ISIS] and created risks for the security of the countries tied with Turkey by their allied commitments,” he said.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, Russian President Vladimir Putin deployed missile cruisers in Syria, dismissing military communications with Ankara and instructing men to destroy potential threat without warning 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 the 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. President Barack Obama and French counterpart Francois Hollande hinted at casting blame to Mr. Putin.
NATO would only based its assessment of what happened from the information it could get from Turkey, Stoltenberg made this clear. “The Allied assessments we have got from several Allies during the day are consistent with information we have been provided with from Turkey. So the information we have from other Allies is consistent with what we have got from Turkey,” he said.
Pressed by media if the Alliance had any contacts or is planning any contacts with Russia, Stoltenberg response was: “We have been in contact with Turkey, a NATO ally, which has directly been in contact with Russian authorities.”
With these statements, NATO proved what Russia have always thought about the Alliance. “NATO is not guided by the principles which are a common point of reference for its representatives, but by political expediency,” he said.
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’s also happening at a time when there is friction between U.S. and Russia.