Turkije krijgt spijt van het neerschieten van een Russische straaljager bij de grens met Syrië. Dat zei de Russische president Vladimir Poetin donderdag in zijn jaarlijkse ,,troonrede”.
“Allah besloot de regerende kliek in Turkije te bestraffen en beroofde hen van hun verstand”, sprak de Russische leider. Hij zei dat Moskou de “Turkse hulp aan terroristen niet zal negeren” en dreigde met meer sancties tegen Ankara.
Hate to say it, but what Turkey just did to Russia brings us even CLOSER to WWIII
What a confusing mess. But here’s thing that’s not confusing. Russia and Turkey are heading down a very dangerous path. Maybe they’re getting too hot as well?
As reported by the Daily Caller, “Turkey slammed the door on Russian sea travel Sunday, effectively shutting off Moscow’s access to the Black Sea and raising serious concerns among experts about escalating tensions in the region.
The recent blockade is preventing Russian naval vessels from traveling in the Black Sea to Syria. The Russian Black Sea fleet has been a key component to Russian operations in the war-torn country, primarily operating out of the Syrian port of Tartus.
Without access to the Turkish Straits, Russian attempts to increase force projection in Syria or resupply the units in the country will be extremely limited.
“This better be a joke — because if not, WW3 is about to start,” quipped John Schindler, former NSA operative and national security columnist at the Observer. The conflict between Russia and Turkey adds fuel to the raging fire that is Syria.
‘Allah took their sanity’: Putin accuses Turkish leadership of ‘aiding terror’
He added that the killing of Russian officers would have long-term consequences for those responsible.
“We will not forget this aid to terrorists. We have always considered betrayal the worst and most shameful act. Let those in Turkey know it who shot our pilots in the back, who hypocritically tries to justify themselves and their actions and cover up the crimes of terrorists,” he said.
Putin said Russia would not resort to saber-rattling to respond to the Turkish actions, but neither would it limit itself to the economic sanctions it imposed since the incident.
Putin said the rise of jihadists in the Middle East in our time is not unlike the rise of Nazism in the mid-20th century, and that the world should learn from the mistakes of the past, when a failure to act in time resulted in the loss of millions of lives.
“We are facing a destructive barbaric ideology again and we have no right to allow those new obscurants to achieve their goals.”