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    Turkey-Russia Tensions Rise Again Over New Airspace Incident

    Turkey-Russia Tensions Rise Again Over New Airspace Incidenti
    Luis Ramirez
    January 31, 2016 9:37 PM
    Tensions have again risen between Turkey and Russia as Turkey warns of consequences after a Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace on Friday. Russia denies its aircraft entered Turkish airspace, but Turkey and NATO on Sunday said their radars both showed a Russian jet doing just that. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
    Luis Ramirez

    Tensions rose between Turkey and Russia when Turkey and NATO said a Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace. Russia dismissed the Turkish allegations as "baseless propaganda."

    Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said a Russian Su-34 warplane entered Turkish airspace Friday at 11:45 a.m. (0945 UTC) despite what Turkish and NATO officials said were repeated warnings.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia it would endure "consequences" if it continued such violations, and he called the Russian actions “irresponsible.” He spoke to reporters at Istanbul's airport as he departed on a trip to Latin America.

    The Turkish government said it had summoned Russia’s ambassador in Ankara to protest.

    In Moscow, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said there had “not been a single violation” of Turkish airspace by Russian air force planes.

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called the Russian incursion into Turkish airspace “dangerous” behavior and reaffirmed the alliance’s solidarity with Turkey, a NATO member.

    “I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace. Russia must take all necessary measures to ensure that such violations do not happen again,” Stoltenberg said in a statement Saturday.

    Tensions escalated between Russia and Turkey in November when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had violated its airspace near its border with Syria. In that incident, Russia also denied its aircraft had entered Turkish airspace.

    Russia and Turkey are fundamentally at odds on the conflict in Syria, where both countries have ongoing military operations.

    Since September, Russian warplanes have been carrying out airstrikes on Syrian rebels in support of the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey wants Assad to leave power.

    Since last year, Turkish warplanes have been striking Islamic State militants inside Syria.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 01, 2016 10:44 AM
    Upon further reflection, I think the best course of action would be to ratchet up the sanctions against Russia each time there is an incursion into NATO airspace. They laughed when the sanctions were first put in place. They aren't laughing anymore. One action the US could take would be for the government to subsidize fracking. That would drive the price of oil on the world market even lower.

    The US already produces over 9 million barrels of oil a day and could produce much more. Large oil companies cost to frack oil is only $22 a barrel even without subsidies. It's the small guys who are getting hurt. To hear bad guy radio and TV RT/Spooknick tell it, you'd think no one in American is making money anymore from fracking. But the gas and oil we produce is vital to our own national interest and now we have so much of it, we are exporting it after a 40 year ban.
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    by: Igor from: Russia
    February 01, 2016 10:08 PM
    I think the best thing for Russia to do now is to increase the presence of Russian fighters and submarines in the regions ready to take down any plane from Nato if it dares to attack us. Nuclear weapons must be ready to strike western targets in in the world. Those nato pirate states will not survive the first nuclear missile attack from our subs.
    Marcus Aurelius II, you should pray now or it will be too late to do so.

    by: Igor from: Russia
    February 01, 2016 4:39 AM
    There was no Turk air space's violation and if the Turks dare to shoot any of Russian planes, our S400 will be free to down all Turk F16 and the like easily. If other member of Nato would like to take part in the fight, please. We have enough weapons (even nuclear ones) to treat you all! Russia must teach Turkey the leason that even you are a NATO member, you will be punished if you continue to act as a pirate!
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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 01, 2016 2:20 PM
    In case you have any doubts Igor, while the F16 is probably a sitting duck for S400s, the US has at least several means to take out S400 systems efficiently and quickly if it wants to use them. I don't think those means have been shared with NATO allies with the possible exception of the F35 stealth fighter. Check YouTube. A

    Russian fighter pilot when interviewed was quite impressed. Old paradigms no longer apply with the new technology. That is why F16, F15, and F18 are slated for the scrapyard. F35 is not a stand alone weapon. It's part of a complex integrated system which includes many other networked elements that will be hard to beat. These systems are designed to neutralize, exhaust, confound, and evade enemy air defense systems.
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    by: mert from: TÜRKİYE
    February 01, 2016 6:16 AM
    In any case Türkiye shot down a russian plane. So russians couldn't do anything; can't do anything. Because there are 28 allies country ready to attack russia. We taught russian lessons but apparently russians hadn't understood.

    by: mr nobody from: usa
    January 31, 2016 3:34 PM
    Russia is falling back to cold war behaviour as the poor people harken back to a time of power and prosperity.

    The strategic response is to violate Russia in some small way similar to but not in excess of the violation committed by Russia. This is called "containment".

    "In the words of the Federalist (No. 28) "The means to be employed must be proportioned to the extent of the mischief." The mischief may be a global war or it may be a Soviet campaign for limited objectives. In either case we should take no avoidable initiative which would cause it to become a war of annihilation, and if we have the forces to defeat a Soviet drive for limited objectives it may well be to our interest not to let it become a global war."

    Russian adventurism in Ukraine, Syria, and Turkey draw America back into this posture. As America "reset"'s back to the cold war.

    by: AHMED from: INDIA
    January 30, 2016 8:46 PM
    Turkey is Main Sponsor of Terrorist Group Daesh or IS. If there is any defeat to IS, Turkey feel heavy pain.
    Turkey was the main recruitment center for Daesh. Turkey provides all help to Daesh to kill innocent Syrians.
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    by: Anonymous
    January 31, 2016 10:47 PM
    Erdogan the Islamist (Muslim Brotherhood supporter) is actually the "GodFather" of this Islamists in Syria. Despite all the denials from Erdogan, there is ample proof, if you would take your head out of the "sand". It was only after Russia joined the fray and begin bombing the daylights out of the convoys from Turkey did we get MSM coverage of the massive trucking operation that was ongoing between ISIS controlled land and Turkey. So if there was any doubt Turkey was involved with the Islamists we saw this exposed by the obvious anger of Turkey leading up to the downing of the Russian bomber. Turkey is not a "friend" of the USA, by no means.
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    by: Fatih
    January 31, 2016 3:25 AM
    What is the proof for your allegation? Is russia fighting with IS , do not make me lough, do you know how many war planes of different countries are at the region, are they all fighting with IS, why nothing happens to IS, turkey is not a weapon manufacturer, who are the manufacturers? How they inrease their sales in 1 year did you search? Why all powerfull countries are at the region, for democracy? If so why essad still there? Before evaluating an issue please consider every parameters, if you dont your allegation is just nothing.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 30, 2016 8:03 PM
    There is no choice. Turkey will have to shoot down another Russian plane. It might start a war but if Turkey doesn't, the incursions will only increase in number and frequency. The only way to contain Russia without borders is by force. It's the only language Vladimir Putin understands. It should also be clear that the incursions are deliberate to test Turkey's will. If Russia thinks it will divide NATO when Turkey finally responds, it is mistaken. Whether we agree with Turkey's actions in the Mideast or not, that issue pales in comparison to territorial incursions all of Russia's neighbors fear.
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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 01, 2016 1:58 PM
    IS and the PKK are a direct threat to Turkey's security both having attacked Turkey directly. Those elements of it in Syria are therefore fair game for attacks by Turkey under UN law. The PKK is no asset to the Kurds. They are communist terrorists. They give Turkey an excuse to label all Kurds as terrorists. The Kurds have legitimate grievances. I say carve Kurdistan out of Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Then the Kurds will have a homeland to go to and the Turks can be left alone. Iran really needs to get whacked hard. It's long overdue. Regime change and altering its borders to create a new Kurdistan would be a good start.
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    by: Anonymous
    January 31, 2016 10:50 PM
    Turkey is a dangerous "partner" in the NATO alliance. We shall see who does what when Turkey decides to act...
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    by: FrankPik from: USA
    January 31, 2016 11:17 AM
    It was Turkey that said just months ago, that there is no need to overreact to airspace violations - and this is negating the fact they have yet to prove the jet they shot down incurred their space aside from an excuse that doesn't even match logic: The jet was warned 10X while flying into an area that would have taken no more than 10 seconds to even fly through. Go look at what even 1 aircraft warning consists of let alone 10.
    Also, how many times has Turkey violated airspace very much illegally over Syria and Iraq?
    If you look at our policy, we made promises to Putin to stop surround Russia with NATO bases and instead we lied and only built many more while he was upholding his ends of the bargain. You have it in reverse because the only thing that's keeping Russia from taking the bait and reacting to Turkey's scumbag antics is that they are hiding behind NATO's skirt.

    On a side not, maybe people should look into why that little stub of land is so significant to ISIS and Turkey and what has been going on there all this time. Lot's of traffic if you catch my drift and why this massive coalition of Western nations seems to have little effort and no impact despite the technology in that little area. Why is it we can achieve the "Highway of Death" when we want to and then miss these parades of ISIS Toyotas that came in part, courtesy of the U.S. State Department?

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 30, 2016 5:31 PM
    IF Russian warplanes violated Turkey airspace, why didn't the Turk warplanes shoot down those Russian warplanes again, are they chicken now? .. This time the Russians are prepared for a Turk sneak attack, and will put a missile up their Turk warplane tailpipe if the Turks try doing it again? .. Let the US and NATO join the party, and then instead of fighting over Syria and Iraq, they can put the whole region and their homelands up in nuclear flames?

    The US has now been challenging the Russian and Chinese sovereign sea and airspace, [so], maybe Russia is trying to draw those Turk warplanes past that redline that the Turks drew when they shot down that Russian warplane? .. Some famous person said it: "Bring it on." .. peace will finally be possible?

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