Tag: Turkey

TURKEY BLOCKADING RUSSIA FROM DARDANELLES; BLACK SEA FLEET COMPLETELY CUT OFF

Turkey has begun a defacto blockade of Russian naval vessels,  preventing transit through the Dardanelles and the Strait of Bosporus, between the Black Sea and Mediterranean.   According to the AIS tracking system for the movement of maritime vessels, only Turkish vessels are moving along the Bosphorus, and in the Dardanelles there is no movement of any shipping […]

RUSSIA DEPLOYS TROOPS TO BORDER WITH TURKEY; ORDERS “FULL COMBAT READINESS”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued orders to deploy nearly 7,000 troops, anti-aircraft, rocket launchers, and artillery forces to the Turkish border, and for them to be in readiness for full combat.   The Ministry of Defense say the legal authorisation for this deployment comes from the joint Russian-Armenian missile air defense system agreement signed […]

Putin imposes sanctions, says country ‘fully mobilized’ to tackle threats from Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border.   The Kremlin website said the measures would affect imports of some Turkish products, operations of Turkish companies in Russia, and employment of Turkish staff by Russian firms. […]

Turkey Warns Russia Not To ‘Play With Fire’

Turkey’s president has warned Vladimir Putin not to “play with fire” as their war of words continues over the downing of a jet.   President Recep Erdogan says he does not want to harm relations with Russia and hopes to meet Mr Putin “face to face” in Paris next week.   But the Russian President is […]

Turkey: We’re not sorry for shooting down Russian jet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made clear in a Thursday interview with CNN his country is not going to apologize for shooting down Russia’s jet – and that if anyone needs to issue a mea culpa, it’s President Vladimir Putin.   “I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not […]

Vladimir Putin: US knew flight path of plane downed by Turkey

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday evening that Russia had given prior information to the United States of the flight path of the plane downed 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 planes’ flights, and we were […]

Turkey-Russia tension: Russia putting missiles in Syria

The Turkmen minority in that part of northern Syria has strong ties to the Turkish government, which wants to afford them a degree of protection. Anyone who bombs that area attacks “our brothers and sisters — Turkmen,” Erdogan said.   Erdogan said Turkey had no intention of escalating the situation. But the fire in his […]

‘US believes Russian jet was in Syrian airspace when Turkey shot it down’

WASHINGTON – The United States believes that the Russian jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was hit inside Syrian airspace after a brief incursion into Turkish airspace, a US official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.   The official said that assessment was based on detection of the heat signature of the jet. […]

Russian Pilot Safe After Jet Shot Down on Syria-Turkey Border

One of the Russian pilots who ejected from a jet shot down by Turkey was confirmed “alive and well” early Wednesday after a 12-hour rescue operation behind enemy lines, officials said.   The warplane crashed in an area controlled by militants trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad, a key Russian ally who Moscow is trying […]

West urges de-escalation after Turkey shoots down Russian plane

Turkey’s NATO allies on Wednesday called for a rapid de-escalation in tensions between Ankara and Moscow after Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border, sparking fears of a wider conflict.   Moscow said one of the pilots was killed by fire from the ground after parachuting out of the […]