Tag: Turkey

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 […]

Report: US officials blame Turkey for overreacting to minor violation of airspace

While US President Barack Obama publicly expressed support for Ankara’s right to defend its sovereignty after Turkey shot down a Russian plane it says strayed into its airspace on Tuesday, US officials reportedly believe Turkey needlessly escalated tensions.   CBS News on Tuesday quoted anonymous US officials as blaming Turkey for overreacting to a minor […]

Obama points finger at Russia over jet shoot-down by Turkey

President Obama pointed the finger at Russia over its warplane being shot down by Turkey, suggesting the incident might not have happened if Moscow were more concerned with hitting ISIS targets than moderate opposition to Syria’s Bashar Assad – a campaign that puts them dangerously close to the Turkish border.   The president, speaking Tuesday […]

Putin: Turkish leadership’s policy of encouraging ‘Islamization’ is a problem

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Turkey’s political leaders had been encouraging the ‘Islamization’ of Turkish society, something he said was a problem, Russian agencies quoted him as saying.   Speaking a day after Turkey shot down one of Moscow’s jets, Putin said:   “The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday,” the […]

US-Russian discord over Syria stoked by Turkey’s downing of the Russian warplane

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, US President Barack Obama, in a conversation with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, said Turkey has the right to defend its territory just like any other country. He also said that the Russian Su-24 plane crossed the border and stayed in Turkey for 17 seconds. In other words, it was 1.6 km inside […]

Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger

Moscow plans to suspend military cooperation with Ankara after the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish air forces, Russian General Staff representatives said on Tuesday. Further measures to beef up Russian air base security in Syria will also be taken. Three steps as announced by top brass:   Each and every strike groups’ operation […]

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Border With Syria

NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian warplane after it violated the country’s airspace near the Syrian border on Tuesday, officials said.   The Russian aircraft was warned 10 times in five minutes before being fired upon, according to the Turkish air force.   A U.S. military spokesperson in Baghdad backed the assertion that the […]

Putin calls Turkey’s downing of Russian jet ‘a stab in the back’

President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara.   Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday before a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Putin said […]

NATO calls ‘extraordinary meeting’ after Turkey downs Russian jet

NATO allies will hold an “extraordinary” meeting Tuesday at Ankara’s request to discuss Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said.   “At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at (1600 GMT). The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for […]

Erdogan and Turkey’s morning after

He is back.   Having won yet another election while displaying yet more of the impulse, gamble and victory that have been his remarkable career’s hallmarks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters were dancing Sunday night like there was no tomorrow.   Alas, when the dust settles, the dancers will learn that despite their Justice […]