The declarations made by the US President and Nato secretary general seem to me inadequate. Jens Stoltenberg said that Nato stood “in solidarity with Turkey” ! Obama backed the Turkish version of events.
The reason behind this support stands on the right of Turkey to defend itself and its borders…… Unacceptable reasoning, when in reality there was not any a potential danger to humans , or military bases in the area and the conditions did not offer under any circumstances the right to shut down the plane.
The Russian foreign minister , Sergei Lavrov compared today’s shut down to the terrorist attack occurred earlier to the Russian airliner on Egypt. What seems to be incredible is that Turkey had contacted its Nato allies before contacting Moscow. This behavior shows in my opinion the cowardly of the Turkish authorities
It is evident that their were looking for a diplomatic incident advocating the art. 4 of the Alliance’s founding treaty : “a threat to member state’s territorial integrity and security”.
No one of the above mentioned treats in fact occurred. The idiocy of this act it has been proved by Turkey itself , stating in an official letter to the president of the U.N. security council.
“The Turkish airspace was violated at an altitude of 19,000 feet to a depth of 1.36 miles, and 1.15 miles for 17 seconds at 9.24.05 local time “!!!!
So, for 17 seconds and for a 1.36 miles Erdogan gave the order to shut it down? It sounds to me clear the fact that Turkey was trying to find the incident ….. The idea that the Russian tried in the past days to test the Turkish response appears to be real sick.
It is perfectly understood that the relations between the two countries will be strongly revised . Erdogan will become an official enemy . Putin already blocked any travel to divert millions of Russians holidaymakers from Turkey . In addition the Turkish stream gas pipeline will probably be cancelled , or put on hold.
On a different subject and considering the near futur, it should be strongly considered a formal warning to avoid other clash between Russian and Nato planes . Otherwise the risk of an escalation is granted!