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Vladimir Putin has drawn a very clear challenge to Turkey and the West. His country’s plane was shot down by Turkey while it was over Syria, not over Turkey. Turkey will suffer the consequences of that foolish act.
Also, he points out that Russian planes have never threatened Turkey. In my terms, Putin makes it clear that Turkey is the bad guy in a serious international provocation.
But the real shocker is Putin’s declaration that Turkey is a supporter of ISIS, marketing ISIS oil to the West, thus providing ISIS with its funding.
Vlad has not stated exactly what Russia’s response will be, but he’s made it clear that there will be a strong Russian response. Many speculate that Russia will establish a no fly zone over Syria and Turkey, thus keeping Turkish warplanes grounded. Will Nato stand for that?
The video above is featured at Zerohedge.
This Zerohedge post offers a summary of the very serious statements that President Putin has made.
Moments ago Putin delivered a brief statement following the downing of the Russian jet by Turkish forces during a press conference with the King of Jordan. Here are the highlights:
PUTIN SAYS LOSS OF RUSSIAN WARPLANE TODAY DUE TO BACKSTABBING
PUTIN: DOWNED WARPLANE INCIDENT GOES BEYOND FIGHT VS TERROR
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN SAYS TURKEY BEHAVING AS IF RUSSIA SHOT DOWN ITS OWN PLANE
PUTIN SAYS INCIDENT TO HAVE SERIOUS CONSQUENCES FOR TURKEY TIES
PUTIN SAYS RUSSIAN WARPLANE IN NO WAY THREATENED TURKEY
PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA HAS SIGNED AN ACCORD WITH THE US TO AVOID AIR INCIDENTS
Putin makes it quite clear that Turkey, a NATO state, is responsible for ISIS funding:
PUTIN: OIL FROM ISLAMIC STATE IS BEING SHIPPED TO TURKEY
PUTIN SAYS ISLAMIC STATE GETS CASH BY SELLING OIL TO TURKEY
PUTIN: ISLAMIC STATE GETS MILITARY SUPPORT FROM MANY STATES
And the first official diplomatic escalation:
TURKISH DEFENCE ATTACHE IN MOSCOW SUMMONED TO RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY – TASS
Some more from Russia’s Gazeta:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Turkey’s appeal to NATO partners to the incident with the Russian Su-24 looks like an attempt to put the alliance at the service of an “Islamic state.”
“We will analyze everything that happened, the tragedy would have serious consequences, including for the Russian-Turkish relations. I do not know who needed what is done today, but in any case not to us. And instead of immediately establish the necessary contacts with us, the Turkish side asked its NATO partners to discuss the incident, as if it were we shot down a Turkish plane, but they are not us. Do they want to put NATO at the service of ISIS? “- Putin said.
Earlier, Putin said that the incident with the Su-24 in Syria – a stab in the back, which caused us accomplices of terrorists.
The Su-24 has fallen in the Syrian province of Latakia. Earlier, the Turkish side took out Russian warnings for violating Turkish airspace during a military operation in Syria.
“Islamic State” – a terrorist organization banned in several countries, including Russia.
Link to Facebook video showing ISIS shooting machine guns at Russian pilot as he parachutes from his striken plane.
Apparently, both Russian pilots are dead, killed by the American backed rebels (and/or ISIS).
UPDATE: VIDEO OF DEAD RUSSIAN PILOT ON THE GROUND. VERY GRAPHIC.
The future of the planet now resides in the hands of two men, one thoughtful and intelligent, the other an incompetent bumbling fool. Pray that World War III is not just around the corner.