Syria Audio Analysis: Putin’s Anti-Turkey Strategy After Russian Jet Downed

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PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday


After Turkey shot down a Russian jet fighter near the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday, killing two pilots, what is President Vladimir Putin going to do?

I spoke with BBC Coventry on Tuesday afternoon to reassure that it is not World War III, as Putin is not going to make a direct military response. Instead, he will try to split countries like the US, Britain, and France from Turkey, claiming that Ankara is an “accomplice” of the Islamic State.

Listen from 1:17.45

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    • I’d be surprised if they had actually shown the execution. Their manhaj is against showing gory staged massacres. They also want to keep their behaviour distinctive from IS.

      • … and there was naïve me thinking this aspect of their Manhaj was more about staying sweet with their Yanki distribution channels YT, FB and Twitter. 😀

        • Their accounts and videos get regularly suspended regardless, even if they show nothing graphic, so I doubt they care about community guidelines.
          In fact, @SHMM_10 has stayed up unusually long. The videos usually get taken down within 24 hours, if not sooner though.

  1. Scott,

    I agree that this is not going to lead to WWIII. In the scheme of things, it’s not going to lead to a war between Russia and NATO.

    You are accusing the Russians of being deceptive, but you claim that the Turks attacked the Russian bomber because they were bombing Turkmen. Yet Turkey claims their reason for firing at the Russian plane was due to air space violations.

    Furthermore, the area was taken by Al Qaeda johadists in March. March.http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2015/3/12/syrian-rebels-recapture-strategic-village-in-latakia

    So who’s lying?

    Speaking of rebels, do you regard Al Nusra as the rebels. You seem include them as the legitimate opposition to Assad who should be supported and protected, even though they are essentially Al Qaeda and were spawned from the same roots as ISIS,

    Turkey’s support for ISIS is now out in the open and that puts NATO in a very difficult position.

    I also have to dispute your claim that Turkey regarded Russia as a threat is absurd. Russia posed no threat to Turkey, though that may change thanks to Turkey’s irrational behavior.

    • Russia is obviously and only a substantial threat to the terrorists Turkey is sending into Syria and supplying to fight the Syrian government, which is what Erdogan is reacting to, while falsely claiming to be about protecting Turkey’s border … a joke in seriously poor taste as it is by his own design non-existent for IS & Co.

      Scott, like Erdogan stuck in a furious lust for regime-change, supports any terrorism directed against Syria, so unsurprisingly follows his hypocrisy here.

    • Andre,

      Jabhat al-Nusra has not had a primary position in the rebel advance in northeastern Latakia Province. The article you cite makes clear that al-Nusra was only of a number of factions involved — further information easily establishes that Ahrar al-Sham and Free Syrian Army-linked units, including Turkmen groups, are more significant.

      S.

  2. What would Russia’s response be if Turkey started bombing ethnic Russians right on the Russian border and violated their airspace a dozen times while they were doing it? The hypocrisy here is hilarious.

      • Guess you don’t understand the concept of a hypothetical scenario. So what do you think Russia’s response would be if Turkey or any other country starting bombing ethnic Russians close to the Russian border in a hypothetical scenario?

        Did Russia not just use a made up scenario involving ethnic Russians to launch an illegal invasion and annex sovereign territory? In that scenario ethnic Russians weren’t even being bombed and the threat of violence against them was blatantly exaggerated to justify their illegal, imperial invasion.

        • No need to stress your head with hypotheticals, Kevin, just get it around the fact that Russia is bombing terrorists inside Syria at the request of the government there, perfectly legally.

          • Here’s the Pentagovernment definition, Kevin:

            “terrorism” means activities with the following characteristics:

            1. Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;

            2. Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping;

            https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/terrorism/terrorism-definition

            … which is practical laundry list of what they and Tayyip pay their stooges to do in Syria!

            You should try taking Putin’s money to do this in your ‘Homeland’ and see how long it takes to get bombed. Good luck!

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