President Vladimir Putin attacked Turkey first and foremost before discussing issues concerning Russia in his Annual Presidential Address on Thursday. The Russian president did not mince his words, spurting attack after attack, lambasting Turkey with provocative statements. Morning News USA lifted the five most chilling verbal attack from Mr. Putin’s address:
On Turkey’s downing of Russian bomber over Turkey-Syria airspace: “We have always deemed betrayal the worst and most shameful thing to do, and that will never change. I would like them to remember this- those in Turkey who shot our pilots in the back, those hypocrites who tried to justify their actions and cover up for terrorists.
“Allah only knows, I suppose, why they did it. And probably, Allah has decided to punish the ruling clique in Turkey by taking their mind and reason.”
On Turkey buying oil from the ISIS:
“We know who are stuffing pockets in Turkey and letting terrorists prosper from the sale of oil they stole in Syria. The terrorists are using these receipts to recruit mercenaries, buy weapons and plan inhuman terrorist attacks against Russian citizens and against people in France, Lebanon and Mali.”
On Russia’s retaliation:
“If they expected a nervous or hysterical reaction from us, if they wanted to see us become a danger to ourselves as much as to the world, they won’t get it. They won’t get any response meant for show or even for immediate political gain. They won’t get it.”
“We’ll remind them of what they did, more than once. They’ll regret it. We know what to do.”
Since Turkey’s downing of the Russian bomber on Nov. 24, Mr. Putin and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been exchanging harsh criticism against each other. Russia upheld that Turkey attacked its jet because it has credible intelligence proving that Mr. Erdogan and his family are pocketing money in oil trade with the ISIS. Mr. Erdogan, on the other hand, alleged that Russia is bombing civilians in Syria resulting in the influx of refugees into his country.
The situation at the moment is a cliffhanger, verging towards World War 3. If these two nations bomb each other, their allies will rally behind them. Turkey is a strong NATO and U.S. ally. An attack against one NATO member is an attack to all. Russia has already wooed its own allies, China, Iran, Pakistan and Brunei.
Fears of an impending nuclear war are also in the horizon. As relations go tense by the hour, Russia had just successfully tested its doomsday command center meant for nuclear war. Pentagon had just awarded Lockheed Martin with $49.1 million contract to equip five more destroyers with the Aegis system.