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A woman holds a poster as she pickets the Turkish Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. —AP
A woman holds a poster as she pickets the Turkish Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. —AP

ANKARA: Turkey's Nato allies on Wednesday called for a rapid de-escalation in tensions between Ankara and Moscow while China has also called for more coordination in the fight against terrorism after Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border, sparking fears of a wider conflict.

Tuesday's incident is one of the most serious clashes between a Nato member country and Russia to have taken place for half a century.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also said his country does not wish to escalate tensions with Russia over the downing of the plane.

Speaking at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation economy meeting in Istanbul, Erdogan said Wednesday that Turkey favors “peace, dialogue and diplomacy.”

Erdogan however defended his country's move to shoot down the plane saying “no one should expect Turkey to stay silent to border violations or the violation of its rights.”

Turkey said the Russian warplane was shot down on Tuesday after it ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria.

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg earlier said the military alliance stood by member Turkey after the incident, but echoed appeals for calm from other world leaders as fears grow of clashes between coalition and Russian planes in the skies over Syria.

“We stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our Nato ally, Turkey,” Stoltenberg said after an emergency meeting of all 28 members requested by Ankara.

“Diplomacy and de-escalation are important to resolve this situation," added.

Turkey's military said the fighter was shot down by two of its F-16s after it violated Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period.

The Turkish Ambassador to the United Nations Halit Cevik said in a letter to the Security Council that two Russian planes had flown a little more than a mile into Turkish airspace for 17 seconds.

But Moscow bitterly criticised Turkey for downing the Su-24 plane, which it insisted was in Syrian airspace, and claimed that one of the two pilots who ejected from the craft was killed by gunfire from the ground as he descended.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a second pilot from a Russian warplane that was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border has been rescued.

Putin was speaking in televised comments on Wednesday after Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies that the man was rescued in a 12-hour operation which ended in the early hours on Wednesday and is now “safe and sound” at Russia's air base in the government-controlled area in Syria.

The Russian president has also backed a recommendation from the foreign ministry for Russians not to visit Turkey.

“After such tragic events like the destruction of our plane and the death of our pilot, this is a necessary measure,” Putin said in televised comments.

The Russian president said Turkey's political leaders had been encouraging the Islamisation of Turkish society, something he said was a problem, Russian agencies quoted him as saying.

“The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday,” the TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying. “The problem is much deeper. We observe ... that the current Turkish leadership over a significant number of years has been pursuing a deliberate policy of supporting the Islamisation of their country.”

Putin had earlier branded the shooting down of the aircraft a “stab in the back committed by accomplices of terrorists”, warning: “The tragic event will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations."

Russia to deploy anti-aircraft missile systems in Syria

Russia's defense minister says that Moscow will send its news anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.

Russian news agencies on Wednesday quoted Sergei Shoigu as saying that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems would be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in the government-controlled area which Moscow uses for its Air Force sorties.

S-400s were first put on active combat duty in Russia in 2007.

Meanwhile, Russian President Putin has said that an S-300 air defence system would be sent to Russia's air base in Syria, Interfax and other agencies reported.

Know more: Downing of Russian plane is a 'stab in the back' from Turkey, says Putin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov scrapped a planned visit to Turkey Wednesday, and warned Russians against travelling to Turkey.

He said the risk of attacks “is no less of a threat than in Egypt,” where all 224 people onboard a Russian passenger jet were killed in October in an attack claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS).

Russia's Moskva guided missile cruiser will now be stationed near Latakia, on Syria's Mediterranean border, and all bombers in Syria will now be escorted by fighters, Russian military spokesman General Sergei Rudskoi said, adding the shooting down would have the “the gravest consequences”.

“All targets representing a potential threat to us will be destroyed,” he warned.

'Flagrant aggression'

While Russia and Turkey have traded barbs before over alleged incursions by Russian fighters into Turkish airspace during forays over Syria, this is the first time Turkey has shot down any Russian planes since Moscow started airstrikes in September.

Moscow's decision to launch separate air strikes in Syria means Russian and Nato planes have been flying combat missions in the same air space for the first time since World War Two, targeting various insurgent groups close to the Turkish border.

Tuesday's incident has sparked concern in the West it could escalate into clashes between Russian and other members of the US-led coalition, which include Turkey, during their separate campaigns to target jihadists in Syria.

It also risks derailing efforts to bring peace to Syria that were gaining tentative momentum following the November 13 Paris terror attacks, claimed by militants from the IS group, which controls swathes of northern Syria.

Damascus, an ally of Moscow, denounced the incident as “flagrant aggression” against Syrian sovereignty.

A US military spokesman in Baghdad confirmed Turkey had warned the Russian jet 10 times, without response, before shooting it down but said it was not immediately clear on which side of the border the jet had been flying.

US President Barack Obama called for calm, saying his top priority “is going to be to ensure that this does not escalate”.

He echoed that sentiment in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said Obama had also backed Ankara's right to defend the country's sovereignty.

Jet 'no threat to Turkey'

Putin said the plane fell in Syrian territory four kilometres from the border and “did not in any way threaten Turkey”, though Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said the jet had been fired at while in Turkish air space but had crashed inside Syria.

The incident comes as Russian and Syrian jets wage a heavy bombing campaign against targets in northern Syria.

Turkey has expressed anger at the operation, saying it is aimed at buttressing the Assad regime and has displaced thousands of Turkmen Syrians, an ethnic minority in the area and strong allies of Ankara.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a “credible and thorough review” of the incident to establish what happened and ensure it does not happen again.

Meanwhile, the fate of the second pilot in the plane remained unclear.

Turkish television pictures showed the Su-24 exploding and crashing in a ball of flames into a Syrian mountain and two pilots parachuting to the ground after ejecting.

A Turkish government official insisted both pilots were still alive, but Russian military spokesman Rudskoi said one was killed by fire from the ground after he ejected from the craft.

Rudskoi added a Russian soldier had also been killed in a failed bid to rescue the pilots when a Mi-8 helicopter was “damaged by gunfire and had to land”.

China urges stronger coordination in Syria

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China was paying close attention to the incident and that many circumstances “needed further clarification”.

“China supports the international fight against terrorism, and we hope all sides strengthen their communication and coordination,” Hong told a regular press briefing.

While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely the United States, Britain, France and Russia.

However, China has long said there is no military solution to Syria's problems and has criticised the West and Russia for bombing campaigns there.

The incident appeared to scupper hopes of a rapprochement between Russia and the West in the wake of the militant Islamic State group's attacks in Paris, which had led to calls for a united front against the jihadist group in Syria.

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I tell you Nov 25, 2015 10:48am

Turkey has fallen into the trap of Nato and now will face the severe heat from Russia, they dont sit ideal and will retaliate with full force when time comes...

M Taimur Nov 25, 2015 10:51am

Turkey has been supporting Daesh against Kurds. Now Turkey is playing double game and hence inviting violence. Daesh or ISIS may be a strategic asset for Turkey now but in the long run will destroy peace in Turkey

Indian Nov 25, 2015 11:06am

Turkey has done a stupid mistake. They stamped tigers tail.

SAK(USA) Nov 25, 2015 11:17am

turkey will now feel the heat from Russia.

Optimistic Pakistani Nov 25, 2015 11:18am

Things are getting out of control...Russia is not someone you would be making enemy... hope tensions de escalate

raghu Nov 25, 2015 11:27am

I knew Erdogan was not all that intelligent but still felt the army of turkey was sane....interesting development for an ally of Pakistan.

raghu

max Nov 25, 2015 11:28am

Turkey has the right to defend its territorial integrity as well as its National intrests.

Sajjad Khan Nov 25, 2015 11:28am

The killing of a decending by parachute pilot is cold blooded murder unfortunately.

Ahmed Nov 25, 2015 11:30am

For all those criticizing Turkey, remember, it is a sovereign state and had warned Russia when such an incident had happened earlier. Turkey will be taken seriously next time it delivers a warning.

Azmeen Nov 25, 2015 11:31am

Turkey should not act as proxy of NATO.

Rajab Ali Nov 25, 2015 11:39am

This incident would benefit only IS while clearly defining the line for possible greater war in the region.

Real Zak Nov 25, 2015 11:43am

Turkey did wrong

Relax Nov 25, 2015 11:45am

@max did you ever read the article?

Real Zak Nov 25, 2015 11:48am

@I tell you I cant tell you about heat but Russia is always colder.Turkey will face that

Tirah Wal Nov 25, 2015 11:49am

In war time a buffer zone is set way before waging war, Turkey should have keep calm and expect an accidentally or deliberate entry of Russian fighter jets at least at a kilometer within turkey aerial limits. Russia should have taken Turkey on-board on this matter. This lose is nothing to the lose from an expected tension escalation, Turkey will suffer more. Show some sanity and prevent a further more higher damage, Chaos..

I tell you Nov 25, 2015 11:51am

@Ahmed the jet didnt pose a threat to them, the turkey want the oil selling from those isis and will do anything to safe gaurd their interests, remember the recent football match incident... Turks will feel the heat from now...

Sami Nov 25, 2015 11:53am

Turkey has no business meddling in Syria. They have been arming Rebels in Syria, bombing the only brave group fighting ISIS on the ground--the Kurds and turning a blind eye to ISIS and not doing anything to stop the flow of ISIS across its border and into Syria. Remember when Kurds were being slaughtered by ISIS in Kobane how Turkey prevented their brothers from its side of the border to go across and help?

ADNAN KHAN Nov 25, 2015 11:54am

@Indian. This Tiger did not learn the lesson in Afghanistan and now trying another adventure. Russia must be aware that it is Turkey with all firearms in disposal.

Yasmin Nov 25, 2015 11:56am

Good job Turkey Do it again if you have to

Remember we shot 2 Indian Air Force fighters from the ground in 2011 when they violated Pakistani Air space

Salim Khan Nov 25, 2015 12:00pm

Problem started when Russia came ot the conflict arena unnecessarily and started to bomb fighters in N.Syria that were supported by Turkey, instead of ISIS in Raqqa and Mosul. First Russia's Aircraft carrier stopped working in the sea after a storm. last week then there bomber SU-24 was shot down. Then the Pilots were gunned down . Finally today we found the Helicopter sent to rescue the pilots was bombed by the Turkmen fighters. Its looking more like Russia's Afghanistan misadventure. Ultimately, it will be the USA led allies will win. Will take 3-5 years.

Justice Nov 25, 2015 12:07pm

@Ahmed .. As you mentioned Turkey is sovergin state. How about Syria where Turkey have been attacking inside of Syria.?Syria is also soverngin state just like Turkey.

SAQIB UK Nov 25, 2015 12:09pm

and so it begins ..... in Syria

Sami Nov 25, 2015 12:17pm

The little isthmus of turkey that sticks out into Syria is less than 30 seconds of flight time wide. It is just not believable that turkey actually warned the Russian jet 10 times in less than 30 seconds. Beside the jet had already exited the Turkish airspace when it was shot down as it feel 4 km inside Syria. Turks are simply not telling the right story.

SAQIB UK Nov 25, 2015 12:21pm

apparently the Russians have been crossing in to Turkish territory for months now and bombing Turkmen Bedouins indiscriminately. To the Russians anything moving on the ground is a target, even the best intelligence agencies cant accurately distinguish who is who down there nevermind a trigger happy blind supporter of the dictator assad.

M.M.Sherazi Nov 25, 2015 12:22pm

Now America has clearly shown the duplicity, when they attack on Pakistani soil then it is not the violation of territorial integrity, when it comes to Turkey he is supporting it with well-known provocative involvement.

ABDULLAH KHAN Nov 25, 2015 12:24pm

"Turkish", a brave nation of all time. Bravo! National sovereignty should be guarded at every cost.

S.Ali Nov 25, 2015 12:29pm

@max the pilots descended in Syrian terrority and one of them was shot from ground inside Syrian terrority. A crashing plane immediately comes to ground so had the plane shot in Turkish terrority, it must have been crashed inside Turkey. From this info, it seems that Turkey made a mistake for which he will pay a heavy price.

Saleem Nov 25, 2015 12:35pm

The situation in middle east is getting bad to worse and there is no one way solution.

A Pakistani Nov 25, 2015 12:47pm

The irony is perhaps not lost on some that Turkey (a Nato member) shot a Russian fighter IN SYRIA for violation of Turkey's airspace.

It is the same ERDOGAN who had bitterly criticised the shooting down of a Turkish fighter by Asad OVER Syria some time ago, claiming it was unnecessary and avoidable.

And now the war-mongering organisation NATO is demanding " calm from other world leaders as fears grow of clashes between coalition and Russian planes in the skies over Syria".

How long can ERDOGAN hide behind the NATO petticoat? And how long will NATO support it if it really comes to the crunch?

Naxalite Nov 25, 2015 12:47pm

I am afraid if a 3rd Party can take advantage of the situation and things can go out of Control.

Green Nov 25, 2015 12:48pm

@max Did the international community give same rights to Syria?

Naxalite Nov 25, 2015 12:49pm

Turkey is already facing Suicide Bombings, This ll only accelerate the Turmoil.

Naxalite Nov 25, 2015 12:49pm

Go Vlad.

Karachitee Nov 25, 2015 12:53pm

Syria is divided on religious sects and ethnicity and everyone else is taking a big pie because of this division. I feel sorry for Syrian people no one is talking about them. Kudos to our religious brethren countries of this messed up situation in Syria.

Hasan Malik Nov 25, 2015 12:55pm

@ABDULLAH KHAN I do not know in which world are you living?. Turkey's braveness will be over when Russia's stealth tech will lock In and will destroy their air force jets in minutes. The weak should not show such gestures. Turkey do not have fifth generation technology while Russians are pioneers in it.

Green Nov 25, 2015 01:02pm

@ Hasan Malik And I suspect the things won't stop here. It may escalate!

K Nov 25, 2015 01:09pm

In Turkish defense, previously Drones have violated Turkish Airspace from Syria/Iraq/ISIS. They have every right to protect themselves, you never know who is flying the plane and what are the intentions. On the other hand, after they shot down plane, they should have contacted Moscow in the first place and should have explained everything and instead called Nato meeting...West & America is looking for a way to engage with Russia and they might find Turkey as their front like they had Pakistan in Cold War

Ali from India Nov 25, 2015 01:10pm

@ Hasan Malik Completely agree with your comments.......

khanman Nov 25, 2015 01:13pm

the way things are going for the last few years, I predicted it well..its next world war unfolding, gradually and slowly ground is being paved.

MAHMOOD RAZA BAIG Nov 25, 2015 01:13pm

Now war will change its direction, after shooting Russian jet Turkey indirectly help to create two blocks / American and Russian PSTD cold war / Russian defeat in Afghanistan seems will be in action in Syrian in-between Democracy and Communist socialist rival. Two blocks are face to face in close chased battlefield. Indication of third word war.

toshida hakumaro Nov 25, 2015 01:17pm

RUSSIA is very dangerous and some what no nonsense and it is very straightforward and non diplomatic unilke usa/europe.example is crimea.is russia decided to attack turkey its over for turkey bcoz even usa/europe is scared of russia.russia is the only country which is having dangerous weapons even usa doesnt have like tsar bomba which is nuclear bomb ten thousand times more powerful than what usa have.turkey,ur days are numbered.now wait for putin power

Nadeem Nov 25, 2015 01:20pm

Maybe the Pope is correct. An undeclared 3rd world war is underway.

ALI Nov 25, 2015 01:37pm

@ Hasan Malik Turkey is a member of NATO. One should not underestimate NATO. Turkey defended their sovereignty.

Straight and Blunt Nov 25, 2015 01:40pm

What a pathetic game US is playing and using Turkey as a front man. Did they ever think of sovereignty of Pakistan when NATO forces killed Pakistani soldiers in Salala and who can forget how US team executed a Drama of Killing Bin Laden in Pakistan without having any permission from Pakistan. Mr. Obama's hypocrisy is at best when he says Turkey is a sovereign Country and has got the right to defend it's boundaries. If Russia has done crime to fly the jet over Turkish Border then what US is doing all over the world.

Akhtar Nov 25, 2015 01:43pm

It is obvious the Russian plane was no threat to Turkey. If it had gone several km's in to Turkey it would of been different. Turkey has made a huge mistake and will now pay for it. Excuses and support from NATO will not help it.

Tariq Nov 25, 2015 01:44pm

Russian's surprise intrusion in this conflict is making thing more complex. Russian's planes violating Turkish air space seems suspicious. After numerous warning Turkey did what is necessary. ISIS are in Iraq and parts of Syria but Russian's planes wondering in Turkish air space seems strange.

Anonymous Nov 25, 2015 01:46pm

@ALI that means it's Nato vs Russia, what could be the end of tension?

ABDULLAH KHAN Nov 25, 2015 01:48pm

@HASSAN MALIK. First of all Turkey has almost all kind of weaponry the Russia has. Secondly, Turkey is not alone. The whole West is on its back. Above all, Muslim countries like Pakistan, SA, etc fully support Turkey in the time of need.

lafanga Nov 25, 2015 01:52pm

Ok people calm down. Nothing is going to happen except some diplomatic wrangling by Russia. Turkey says Russian jets were warned 10 times and then shot down. Russia says jets were in Syrian space. We don't know anything beyond this. Turkey may have overreacted on this but Russia knows that they were pushing the envelope for past couple of months. Bottom line is Russia cannot afford to retaliate against a NATO member. This will be disastrous for everyone.

Khan Nov 25, 2015 01:59pm

@Naxalite: Yes, that's the best you people can do, shouting for someone else, history witnesses.

Mustafa Nov 25, 2015 02:04pm

@ Hasan Malik So should Turkey just get bullied or rather sandwiched between NATO and Russia? We should have had a strong OIC which could have taken action against Assad, ISIS and pushed away NATO and Russia back to their homes. Turkey needs help from a strong OIC.

Kamran Nov 25, 2015 02:07pm

@Indian you mean they stamped on bear's paw

pakistani Nov 25, 2015 02:08pm

@ABDULLAH KHAN except that the plane was not threatening Turkey. There are more than one way to safeguard sovereignty. Common sense is one of them.

pakistani Nov 25, 2015 02:10pm

Nato actually killed two birds with one stone. They managed to push turkey into a deeper turmoil and successfully propped it up against Russia as their front-line soldier against Russia. Now if Russia gets engaged here, Nato wins. If Turkey suffers, that is acceptable since it is not really a first-class Nato state anyway.

pakistani Nov 25, 2015 02:12pm

And since the plane went down in Syria, it must be returning, rather than going into Turkey. Turkey could have exercised caution. Turkey basically did it on purpose; on Nato's purpose.

Peace Nov 25, 2015 02:24pm

Another Muslim country getting into trouble. A big mistake by Turkey.....

fahd Nov 25, 2015 02:38pm

Nothing is going to happen. Turkey is not Afghanistan, Syria, Libya or Pakistan where any super power can operate through drones or jets. They have very professional armed forces and the the support of NATO. Above all they have a rich history as a nation and they take pride in it. Russia will have to think a million times before taking any military step against Turkey. NATO will have to support Turkey against Russia not because of their "love" for turkey but in the enmity of Russia. I do not support Turkish role in supporting ISIS and Syrian rebels against Assad but Turks have every right to defend their sovereignty against any intruder.

SL Nov 25, 2015 02:39pm

This is a very serious issue as it might suck brotherly Turkey into a serious conflict with its Black Sea giant neighbor Russia. If Turkey blocks the Bosporus strait passage for Russian war ships crossing (considered as international water under UN treaty) to Russian occupied Crimea, threat of a large scale conflict and war hysteria can not be ruled out.

KPK Nov 25, 2015 02:43pm

Unwise and very hasty decision by turkey,

Zeeshan Nov 25, 2015 02:45pm

The Russians were repeatedly warned. What u sow so shall u reap.

iamauk Nov 25, 2015 02:47pm

Syria within multi-campaigns !!! let we see how far these two guns remain out of target of each.

zebswati Nov 25, 2015 02:48pm

In Late 1980's PAF -16 shot down a Su-25 of Russian Air force and captured the pilot " High rank " . The Red Bear dared not to come closer to Pakistan despite all the nukes/weapons ! etc. "Pakistan The Great invincible".

Bipul Nov 25, 2015 02:48pm

Plane was shot inside Syria and it fell inside Syria as well. Turkey has neither apologized nor tried caution. It doesn't seem that it was defending it self. It has clearly done what Putin said.

Sudhanshu Swami Nov 25, 2015 02:51pm

Its really mindless attempt by Turkey. There was no need to shoot at Russian plane. Situation was that whole world is getting united against ISIS. Also They know that Russian planes were not threat to Turkey, and beside these war games, Russians have big share of Turkey's foreign tourists.

Hindustani Nov 25, 2015 02:51pm

Turkey has done most stupidest thing ever. So now its clear that ISIS is directly supported by US, NATO, Saudi, Turkey.

Muhammad Ateeq Nov 25, 2015 02:54pm

things are heading towards a more massive and violent proxy war.

AW Nov 25, 2015 02:56pm

World war III in the making?

Kashif Nov 25, 2015 02:57pm

All my Pakistani bros lamenting Turkey's act truly represent our slave mindedness. We have really forgotten what sovereignty is after drone strikes in tribal areas and OBL operation. Sovereignty is not begged is earned.. Only violation for 17 seconds... That was brave still. Russia is no position to open another front after Ukraine and Syrian adventure.

Fakhr Nov 25, 2015 02:58pm

It was a needless over reaction from Turkey - considering the global sceanario

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Nov 25, 2015 02:59pm

“stab in the back committed by accomplices of terrorists” well said Putin... S-400 will be a nightmare for all, especially if Turkey tries a similar "cowardly act".

Eddy Nov 25, 2015 03:03pm

Turkey is helping the Isis the same way Pakistan helped the Taliban against Northern Alliance. History will repeat itself Nd we all know how grateful the Taliban are to Pakistan

JZ Nov 25, 2015 03:05pm

America's back won't help Turkey to get away with Russian retaliation.

vicky Nov 25, 2015 03:07pm

Middle east is now a hunting ground for all the powers of the world....bad news for people living there.....beginning of an end!!!

asgher Nov 25, 2015 03:09pm

good for america and france

FirstLast2016 Nov 25, 2015 03:13pm

Fortune favors the brave and daring. You (Russia) commit sin, you pay for it.

Umer Nov 25, 2015 03:19pm

I hope situation remains under control.Nato and USA is using Turkey as a proxy Territory against Russia like they used Pakistan during 19,s against soviet union i hope sense will prevail in Turkey and they see the evil plans of Nato or atleast take some history lessons.

king of aces Nov 25, 2015 03:34pm

end of times

Mehtab Nov 25, 2015 03:36pm

@Ahmed Turkey is being servant of NATO and main supporter of Daesh

Aussie Nov 25, 2015 03:40pm

Russian attack on ISIS trucks, carrying cheap crude oil to Turkey certainly made the turks angry. Putin did warn about some G20 countries helping ISIS just a few days ago.

Arshed Nov 25, 2015 03:42pm

@Karachitee , OIC is a stooge of Saudi Arabia and a lapdog for Iran. Just dismantle this useless outfit which is used by politicians of Muslim world to earn diem allowance and enjoy travel.

Mehtab Nov 25, 2015 03:43pm

@fahd After French terrorist attacks things were going against what Turkish regime wants in Syria. Turkey has done dangerous mistake and will pay dearly at least diplomatically and economically.

Darashikoh Nov 25, 2015 03:50pm

Turkey is a much stronger country than Russia but turkey must not take sides in this war. Turkey can help reduce tensions not escalate it. Not anymore though.

Qamber Ali Nov 25, 2015 03:59pm

an effort by NATO to bog down Russia in Syria, understandably the reinforcements will further deepen its commitment to Syrian regime security

Anup Jaiswal Nov 25, 2015 04:00pm

The pilot was in the Turkeys airspace for 17 seconds and was warned 10 times.10 times warning in 17 seconds!Unbelievable.

Zak Nov 25, 2015 04:04pm

This is NATO niggling Turkey to do some shaitani against Russians. Turkey fell for the trap.

Otherwise, a 17 second flyover does not warrant a shoot to kill. Btw how did Turkey give 10 warnings in 17 seconds of Russian flight intrusion.

The Russian Bear is unpredictably quiet! What cometh next?

Anup Jaiswal Nov 25, 2015 04:08pm

The pilot was in the Turkey's air space for 17 seconds and was warned 10 times.Unbelievable.Somethings wrong.

toshida hakumaro Nov 25, 2015 04:23pm

russia never has the habbit of forgiving anyone for its mistakes.it does not even forgive usa/europe and is preparing itself for the great final showdown for supremacy of the world.i doubt it will spare this small bird "turkey" after its unpardonable "act of war" of downing russian jets

Real Pakistani Nov 25, 2015 04:29pm

Well Turkey has every right to defend itself. It is a warning to Russia. Turkey has state of the art Jets and well trained pilots. Russian airforce cannot do much harm. And Russia would never dare escalate the situation by bringing the nuclear threat. NATO will protect Turkey in that case and Russia knows it. Putin will calm down in a few days and dare not do anything to escalate the situation.

Sahil Nov 25, 2015 04:46pm

With Russia setting up S400 in Syria expect a few Turkish f16s to fall as S400 can destroy anything and everything in 400 mile aerial radius. Its one of the best if not the best missile system. India is also paying billions of dollars to get hold of 12 such systems.

AlwaysGoodMood Nov 25, 2015 04:51pm

I am definitely not in favor or the Turkish government and of Erdogan. Put Putin needs to stop and escalate on all the fronts as well: crossing Turkish borders with planes, violating British sea-borders with their submarines, ceasing territory like Crimea which is part of Ukraine and not of Russia, violating Eastern Borders of Ukraine and helping the separatists ...

Naziruddin Nawab Nov 25, 2015 04:57pm

In the proxies war of proxy's Turkey taking cue from a super power started acting without using Brains & acted like a fool FIRST . Without doubt there ' re always two GROUPS in this conflict one supporting IS & another taking it on , though both were saying , fighting the IS . It's no longer the case - From now on , Russian aggression , Iranian involvement , Chinese coming out into open - will happen sooner than later . It's BETTER ,Russia takes its POUND of FLESH NOW from TURKEY or else later leads to WIDER CONFLICT with NATO / USA ( who' re actually behind this telling Ankara - Go on we' re behind you . Knowing Russians / Putin as I do , its better Russia be allowed to take its pound of flesh from Turkey or else Get ready for Blazing Earth . Ultimately , as history shows - USA / Europe will back down to assuage wounded Russia - sooner the better .

Polspeak Nov 25, 2015 05:05pm

Turkey is engaged in a dangerous one-upmanship game by shooting down the Russian warplane. This is definitely deliberate and done with tacit approval of the americans.

Parivel Nov 25, 2015 05:15pm

I think, This present situation in Middle east is more than a mess...

Abu Mohammed Nov 25, 2015 05:24pm

Erdogan played this dirty game on the basis of NATO, NATO wants to drag Turkey as they have dragged Saudis in Yemen. He is an opportunist person being used by western exceptionlists

Iftikhar Husain Nov 25, 2015 05:32pm

Does anybody want a world war three if not then apologize.

Nasro Nov 25, 2015 05:34pm

Turkey and West are supporting ISIS, It's just like Afghanistan where West were supporting Mujahidins through Pakistan, but things might have changed may be Russia have learn lesson from history or may be history will repeat itself only time will tell but in any case it's the Syrians who will suffer like Afghans and then the Turkish people who will have to suffer like Pakistan people because their government have

fahd Nov 25, 2015 05:40pm

Russia is in no condition to open another front. They are already too busy in Crimea and Syria.Their economy is going down. They know that their armed forces are good only on papers and their military tech is inferior as compare to NATO. So if a war really breaks out then Russia will have no choice but to go nuclear which is not an easy option.I totally support Russia in Syria but they are no match against NATO in conventional war unless China jumps in. Russia's muslim allies like syria and iran are also weak.

sukhera Nov 25, 2015 06:17pm

@Polspeak.The captured Russian pilot has admitted that they had ventured into Turkish airspace. The Russian pilots were warned 10 time before being shot down. Russian pilots are very arrogant and they don,t respect Turkish air space. The area is controlled by tribes supported by Turkey. If Russia wants to fight IS ,they should fight in areas controlled by IS not in Turkey. Russia has forgotten the lesson from its occupation of Afghanistan . This will be another Russian misadventure and the consequences will be disastrous for them. Their next step will be to introduce Russian army which will leave after thousands of casualties. Their ally Bashar is not going to survive .You just watch

Arif Nov 25, 2015 06:19pm

the ofensive moves by russia i.e deployement of its cruiser,escorting bombers with fighters says alot.The russian bear mean business.

junaid Nov 25, 2015 06:20pm

Turkey has every right to defend her border, incursion is incursion if its 5km or 5m. Russia would have done the same if Turkey's jet were flying near the Crimea. Russia started trouble not only for herself rather for the whole region when it got involved and started bombing in the region. Anyways nothing drastic is going to happen, despite Russia having all the fire power Russia is not going to get cross with Turks. Forget about turkey even Russia involvement in Syria sooner or later will have consequences for Russia. Do not forget Russia has its own problem in south and large chunk of people in ISIS are Russians. Not difficult for them to attack mainland Russia while now they are more trained credit goes to International players who played their role in strengthening ISIS and provided all the advanced weaponry. Syria is a classic lesson for those countries where people do not tolerate own countrymen on religious differences.

sbk Nov 25, 2015 06:40pm

Russia is doing a service for peace. Turkey is wrong.

Vinod Nov 25, 2015 06:42pm

With Russia taking on isis cheap oil supply route to turkey was was being choked, turkey has been Isis sympathizer and all their recruits passed through turkey. All summed up with the fact that Russia and Turkey have been hostile for centuries led to this situation with downing of the Russian bomber. It has not been wise decision, big part of Turkish tourism and trade (60%) depend on Russia. Turkey will now feel the heat and pay a BIG price irrespective of it being NATO ally.

faridullah Nov 25, 2015 06:48pm

Turkey is gradually changing into a fundamentalist state and a stooge of US policy in the middle east. Turkey should know that they will never be an equal member of NATO . EU don't even allow them a membership.

GREEN Nov 26, 2015 12:58am

@M Taimur you're absolutely right! Pakistan did a similar mistake when Russia invaded Afghanistan. Turkey could have learned a lesson from pakistan's current situation.

Sahil Nov 26, 2015 02:48am

It is game plan orchestered by West to drag Russia into war because of Russia's involvement in Syria. Turkey is double crossing . One side Turkey buys smuggled oils from ISIS and supports anti Assad forces and ISIS.

sukhera Nov 26, 2015 05:44am

@sbk . It appears you are jumping to the conclusion without considering the facts. FYI Russia has been bombing rebels (Turkmen) fighting against Assad regime on Turkish Border for months while Turkey supports their cause.Thousands of Turkmen refugees have been pouring into Turkey due to Russian actions. This is a major flash point. Russian Jets have been escorted before from Turkish air space.At that time Russia acknowledge its mistake. Russian mission start from the beginning was to support the Assad regime and not to fight against IS. Russian position changed abruptly when it was determined that Russian airliner was downed by IS. US forces in Turkey collaborate the Turkish account as they were watching the radar and listening to the warnings. Both Russia and Turkey depend on each other because 60% of Turkey's energy is imported from Russia and Turkey is a major Russian Tourist attraction. As long as Russia is fighting against IS Turkey has no issues but don't fight for Assad.

Bhargav chauhan Nov 26, 2015 09:47am

@SAK(USA) turkey has to report to russsia first and than have to do that i think bad day coming for turkey...

Adnan Nov 26, 2015 02:52pm

Just imagine your anybody scale your wall without any permission.

sukhera Nov 27, 2015 07:30am

@Bhargav chauhan.Turkey will survive the Russian sanctions if they are imposed.Russia will lose as much as Turkey when it come to sanctions. Russia is behaving like a neighborhood bully after invading Crimea. Russia is already under US /EU sanctions for annexing Crimea by force which was a part of Ukraine. Russia has forgotten the lessons for its misadventure in Afghanistan. Russia will lose again for supporting Assad regime when majority of Syrian people are against Assad.

Gloria Nov 27, 2015 05:57pm

The Turks is playing both ways the end against the middle. Turkey isn't really helping France. And I hope Putin deal with that Government in due course.

Abdul Karim Nov 27, 2015 06:21pm

Turkey supports the baddies

Wajid Nov 27, 2015 08:14pm

This is not Turkey shooting down Russian plane, they haven't the guts to take on Russia but following US orders.