The two countries maintain the challenge but lowers tension
The next day to raise tension in the Middle East with the incident of a dejected protagonist, Turkey and Russia wanted to tone down aircraft. The Turks called for calm and praised relations with its northern neighbors the Black Sea. The Russians ruled out going to war with Turkey, but warned of “consequences” that could harm the prolific economic ties between the two countries.
“We have no intention of opening an escalation of tension after this incident. We are only defending our own security and the rights of our brothers,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech on television. Ankara continued to hold yesterday, with maps of paths and sound recordings, while the plane Su-24 shot had penetrated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds as both drivers were advised “ten times in five minutes” before the incursion.
[blockquote author=”Tayyip Erdogan” pull=”pullleft”]”We have no intention of opening an escalation of tension after this incident. We are only defending our own security and the rights of our brothers,”[/blockquote]
But the only survivor of the crew yesterday told the Russian media that did not warn them of the risk that could shoot. Moscow argued, also with their own maps of paths, the Sukhoi 24 fighter at no time entered the Turkish airspace and was shot four kilometers from the border, on Syrian soil. Russia also confirmed this morning the death of a Marine who participated in the rescue of the pilots of the plane, when a group of opponents shot a US anti-tank missile at his helicopter.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the Turks of having “deliberately planned” -at the coup and said Turkey as did Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev as the self-styled Islamic State support. In order to dissuade the Russians announced the installation of S-400 antiaircraft batteries only 30 kilometers from the Turkish border. However, Lavrov nuance: “We have no intention of declaring war on Turkey.”
As reminds the international analyst Sinan Ülgen, the Carnegie Center for Peace, Russia and Turkey you are facing since early October, when Russian air apparatus violated Turkish territory for the first time. “Then, Ankara and Moscow met to clarify, and Russia promised not to repeat. But it seems that the Russians have wanted to re-test the Turkish willingness to take action,” explains Ülgen.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry also had summoned the Russian ambassador last to demand explanations for the recent offensive by pro-Assad forces in the north of the province of Latakia week. This region near the Turkish border where the incident plane, is inhabited by the Turkmen minority, opposition to Damascus and sister considered by Turkey. Russian bombing has caused 3,000 displacements.
Call for calm
NATO and the US have called for “calm” in Turkey and Russia, as the confrontation can derail negotiations to form a broad international coalition against EI. Washington and London also asked Moscow to focus on attacking the jihadist group emphasizing, as Turkey has done that in Latakia no IE but opponents brigade of Al Qaeda. The Turkish Foreign Ministry yesterday proposed a meeting to remake Russian bridges.
Russian Prime Minister believes that reprisals will be taken could affect trade and economic ties with Turkey. “Can it be the renunciation of joint projects or veto the Russian market for Turkish companies,” he said. Russia is the main energy supplier to Turkey. And employers fear the confrontation endanger both Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which is crucial for Europe, as the completion of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey lifting a Russian company.